Total networked truck driver information and multiplexing vehicle area networks 2000-05-0372
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
Dieter Schaper, Thomas Förster, Ulrich Kraus, Frank D. Sager