2022 in Review: On the Road with Platform Science
With 2022 in the rearview mirror, we’d like to take a final look back at our most exciting year to date and thank everyone who joined us along the way. Our team welcomed many new members, and our company gained many new partners this past year. We were also honored to receive Business Intelligence Group’s External Campaign of the Year Award for our Connected Vehicle Lab.
Speaking of the Lab, one of our top highlights from 2022 was its inaugural tour, which took the CVL over 40,000 miles across 30 states to meet 22 top enterprise fleets and exhibit at seven trucking tradeshows. This tour’s success was the result of teamwork with our partners and sponsors who transformed the CVL from an idea to an experience.
Success driven by our sponsors
Each piece of the Connected Vehicle Lab tells a unique story about our collaborations with the trucking industry’s leading manufacturers and the future of transportation technology. We’re proud to share the success with our sponsors, whose participation made the Lab possible in the first place.
Driving greatness with Great Dane
The Lab began with the idea to create a mobile technology experience inside a trailer just like the ones fleets use every day. Our partners at Great Dane made this a reality when they provided a 53’ trailer which we converted into the Lab. After turning one of the trailer’s walls into a hydraulic stage, we built demo stations to give prospects a look at the latest telematics and fleet management solutions from Platform Science and our partners.
Daimler’s purpose meets our platform
Leading the way is a Freightliner Cascadia tractor provided by our partners at Daimler Truck North America. As the first OEM to integrate Virtual Vehicle with their trucks, DTNA has enabled all Freightliners manufactured since 2019 with our platform. This integration connects OEMs, fleets, and third-party developers with an open platform that provides easy access to real-time vehicle data through hardware installed right on the production line, eliminating the need for aftermarket installations.
Keeping tabs on data with Samsung
Inside the cab, our driver Joe uses the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2, a rugged tablet with an easy-to-use interface designed for a better driver experience every mile of the way. The Tab Active2 is also used in all Platform Science-enabled vehicles, making it the perfect choice for the Lab’s in-cab tablet (try saying that five times fast).
Trucking smarter through Drivewyze
Our partners at Drivewyze make life easier for Joe by helping him save time and stay safe. With their PreClear solution, he has the option to bypass weigh stations, and using Safety+ solution gives him a look at the road ahead. When he approaches potentially dangerous areas, Drivewyze’s advance alerts ensure he always takes the safest routes.
RAM Mounts helps us hold it down
Keeping the tablet firmly in place is necessary for drivers, and we know we can count on our partners at RAM Mounts to hold it down. Their sturdy tablet mounts feature a patented ball-and-socket system which ensures the Tab Active2 remains securely attached to the dashboard for easy access and at-a-glance readability. And when Joe needs to inspect the Lab, he can easily remove the Tab from its mount and snap it back into place when he’s ready to hit the road.
The CVL hits the road again in 2023
As we begin a new year, we’re looking forward to everything the future holds for our company and industry. Thanks to the positive responses of fleets during this first roadshow tour, we’ll be taking the Connected Vehicle Lab back on the road for a second tour later this year. If you’d like the Lab to visit your headquarters, we’d love to connect. See you on the road!