Total networked truck driver information and multiplexing vehicle area networks
Published June 12, 2000 by Society of Automotive Engineers of Korea in South Korea
The truck market is more and more demand driven and complexity has grown substantially. Especially in combination with sophisticated bodies and trailers flexible electronic solutions are required to cope with this complexity. A new approach to meet these demands is to use standardized PLC functionality for vehicle multiplexing and visualization electronics. The VDO KIBES Mk II system is such a solution especially designed for the commercial vehicle market. With software-controlled modules replacing hardwired control centers the vehicles can be easily differentiated at the latest possible time.
For the traffic information terminals the first devices are modern radios. Besides classical traffic news the RDS/TMC system delivers continuous digital information for the chosen area. Alternatively telematic service providers can transmit trip-individual traffic and weather information, e.g., through GSM mobile phones. Modern navigation systems based on digital maps integrate these traffic conditions into the route planing algorithms and provide time-accurate dynamic guidance.
The vehicle is connected to the outside world via mobile phones and data terminals. Depending on the infrastructure, this can be achieved with digital cellular networks or satellite connections. In the future also modern communication standards from the Internet can be used for traffic control.
Via GPS the fleet owner will always know the position of his vehicles. Better disposition and information policy towards the customer is the result. Fleet-management software on the backoffice side will support easy administration and cost effectiveness.
This sophisticated information and communication system drives the need for a configurable, easy-to-use man-machine interface. The VDO KIIFIS Mk II driver information system is an integrated approach to channel and organize the information flow from and to the driver.