Daimler Trucks North America to work with AT&T, Microsoft on new connectivity solutions

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is collaborating with AT&T (NYSE: T) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) with the goal of delivering further enhancements to its Detroit Connect suite of connected vehicle services, the company said.

AT&T will provide cellular service for the new Detroit Connect Truck Data Center, an intelligent piece of hardware that connects the truck to the Internet of Things.

Exclusive to the new Freightliner Cascadia, the box out of Daimler Trucks global modular system provides communications capabilities for the Detroit Connect telematics system. This includes Detroit Connect Remote Updates, which enables over-the-air engine updates and powertrain electronic firmware update capabilities for customers, as well as the ability to integrate third-party telematics applications.

DTNA will also collaborate with Microsoft to establish a new cloud-based back office environment for all Detroit Connect services, including new features, such as Detroit Connect Remote Updates.

Daimler Trucks North America, with headquarters in Portland, Oregon, makes heavy-duty trucks in North America.

Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa.