OTA programming, available through the nine-pin International LINK device, enables drivers or fleet managers to utilize a mobile interface to initiate engine programming at the customer's facility over a safe, secure Wi-Fi Connection, according to the company. “The service offers drivers and fleets an easy, secure means of updating engine control modules to reflect the latest manufacturer-approved calibrations, without the necessity of visiting a dealer or other service facility,” the company added.
"This new service for users of Cummins engines builds on our commitment to open-architecture solutions that provide drivers and fleets with improved uptime," said Terry Kline, senior vice president and chief information officer, Navistar. "Many of our customers have mixed fleets, and thanks to this industry-leading innovation, customers will be able to program Cummins' engines without having to leave their own facilities. This open-architecture approach will provide drivers and fleets with an added measure of ease, convenience, efficiency and productivity."
The service will first be available for limited production release of Cummins 2017 model year engines, beginning in fall 2016. The two companies plan to expand the service to additional model years.
"We are pleased to be working with International to provide users of our engines with the latest in over-the-air solutions," said Amy Boerger, vice president of sales for Cummins' North America Engine Business.
According to the company, International was the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to introduce OTA programming of engine control modules (ECMs). It first offered the service for International trucks powered by its N9, N10 and N13 proprietary engines.