Road freight capacity in Europe is massively underutilized. On average, there’s a 30% to 40% lost freight capacity on shipments. And with the increasing demand from customers for even more goods to be delivered just in time, this hidden freight capacity in the supply chain needs to be uncovered. In logistics, a connected supply chain is the only way to go.

And it must be connected on a much bigger scale. For the sake of the environment, driver safety, maintenance, and freight business operations, telematics as a whole needs a massive makeover. Only then can the next generation of fleet management software fulfill the potential of big data connectivity.

Experience counts in fleet management software

The RIO Box is the key to the digital universe.
The RIO Box is the key to the digital universe.

It’s actually already here. On one open, cloud-based platform. Tracking all shipments, fleet maintenance, freight, and safety compliance will be much more efficient in the future: on the digital RIO platform. RIO connects all players across the entire supply chain.

And it’s built on real road-logistics transportation expertise. This groundbreaking technology and fleet management software is backed by a collaboration of TRATON GROUP's brands.

Since August this year, MAN is equipping all trucks intended for the European market with RIO Box.
Since August this year, MAN is equipping all trucks intended for the European market with RIO Box.

More than 280,000 vehicles are currently connected via software from Scania One and Scania Digital Services. MAN Digital is tailor-made for MAN customers and has 46,000 MAN vehicles connected—by the end of 2018 MAN will have approximately 100,000 vehicles connected. In cooperation with Volkswagen Truck & Bus Group’s alliance partner Navistar, the world’s largest global ecosystem for commercial vehicles is possible, with more than 650,000 connected vehicles.  

And real-time connectivity on the RIO platform is on the rise.

Håkan Schildt, Director of Strategy and Business Development for the Scania business area Connected Services and Solutions

“We now have 91% of our vehicles connected in Europe. Globally, it’s over 60%.”

Håkan Schildt, Scania

Optimized: technology, telematics, and truckloads

Scania is a pioneer in connecting its fleet.
Scania is a pioneer in connecting its fleet.

“We are connecting one vehicle every 44 seconds,” highlights Håkan Schildt, Director of Strategy and Business Development at Scania’s Connected Services and Solutions business unit. “We now have 91% of our vehicles connected in Europe. Globally, it’s over 60%.”

The tool has been developed out of Scania’s 30 years of knowledge in creating efficient flows in production lines and operations in the trucking and logistics industry. “Our tool is an optimization service. We help our customer to get better flows in their production and to get the most out of their vehicles,” adds Håkan.

This real-time insight enabled the heavy-duty vehicles of one mining customer to be on the move an unprecedented 23 hours and 40 minutes a day. And idle for a mere 20 minutes, for driver changeover, fueling and maintenance.

For Christian Kaiser, Chief Digital Officer at MAN Truck & Bus, logistics, freight connectivity, and trucking connectivity on the RIO platform are crucial for MAN Digital, especially for maintenance scheduling. “We will have MAN ServiceCare and Connected CoDriver. With ServiceCare, we proactively get in touch with our MAN customers to schedule maintenance to reduce possible downtimes. We get the data from the RIO Box—the device that stores the fleet data—and process the information with our fleet management software,” says Kaiser. MAN Connected CoDriver, which will also be integrated on RIO in the future, offers personalized driver training. Detailed analysis of driving style is based on driver data and data analysis of the freight vehicle and its usage.

A brand-neutral global platform

It’s not just about the individual software packages for telematics or fleet management. The singularity of the combined software resources for OEM-specific services also counts. This alone would achieve freight and transportation efficiencies for fleet managers.

But there’s more that will transform the supply chain in logistics. The RIO platform is developed jointly within the TRATON GROUP, but it is brand-neutral. It’s an open platform and operating system for software that will also, in the future, be able to bundle telematics for vehicles of competitors, as well as third-party software. This unique aspect of the RIO platform will soon link hundreds of thousands of trucks, enabling vehicle, logistics, and infrastructure data to be exchanged across manufacturers for the first time ever in the industry.

This means the RIO platform will play a larger role in facilitating freight sharing and management among logistics companies, fleet managers, and shippers. And dispatchers, carriers, freight forwarders, drivers, and recipients. With the RIO fleet monitor, for example, the dispatcher can work with a single screen for the entire fleet.

This smart combination of data gives the complete overview in one screen: vehicles, trailers, cranes, consigners, drivers, weather, mapping, traffic, and working time. “The challenge is to replace the many screens of the dispatcher with a digital flow,” says Joakim Cerwall, ‎Head of Research and Innovation at TRATON.

“And this is exactly what RIO does,” adds Martin Anke, Head of Sales & Marketing at RIO. “We are targeting mixed feeds. RIO integrates RIO services with OEM services, logistics software and third-party services, which can be forwarder services as well.” All in one user-friendly fleet management solution.

Trusted logistics software partners

LOADFOX uses an innovative algorithm to combine partial loads within the partner network to offer more profitable tours.
LOADFOX uses an innovative algorithm to combine partial loads within the partner network to offer more profitable tours.

Allowing trusted third-party services, telematics, and fleet management software to come on board is an added bonus. LOADFOX, for instance, is the promising start-up exchange platform co-founded by MAN. It runs algorithms that optimize truckload capacity in real time. Specializing in same-day parcel delivery, it organizes full truckloads by bringing shippers and carriers together more efficiently.

Taken all together, the RIO platform improves the connectivity and flow of goods as well as vehicles. It makes logistics more transparent, providing real benefits and sophistication to fleet management systems and software packages.

With the brands of the TRATON GROUP forming the experienced backbone of the RIO platform, this ecosystem is able to stand tall in the logistics sector and to be a game changer for future transportation.