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Paccar invests in Platform Science

April 19, 2023
The investment is to complement the recent partnership to integrate Platform Science’s Virtual Vehicle technology with the Paccar Connect telematics system for Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks.

Paccar has made a minority equity investment in its connected truck partner, Platform Science. This investment complements the partnership recently launched by Paccar and Platform Science to integrate Platform Science’s Virtual Vehicle technology with the Paccar Connect telematics system, according to a Paccar press release.

The integrated product will offer Kenworth and Peterbilt customers a standardized telematics operating system and application store to allow customers to access software solutions, real-time vehicle data, and third-party applications directly from their vehicles. The goal is to simplify the vehicle information technology environment by reducing the number of telecommunications devices required on the vehicle. Factory installation will increase customers’ productivity and uptime by eliminating the aftermarket installation process, according to the release.

See also: Paccar, Platform Science partner on Kenworth, Peterbilt telematics

“Paccar is pleased to deepen this strategic relationship by investing in Platform Science,” said Paccar’s Chief Technology Officer John Rich. “Paccar Connect will be the industry’s most user-friendly, customizable, and productive connected truck solution, and will enhance our customers’ agility and operating efficiency. We look forward to launching the system on Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks in 2024.”

Platform Science’s CEO and Co-Founder Jack Kennedy said, “Platform Science’s Virtual Vehicle will bring a whole new dimension of adaptive ingenuity to trucks, empowering operators to tap into a broad suite of solutions that precisely meet their fleets’ needs. For more than a century, Paccar has been a leader in designing, developing, and manufacturing world-class transportation solutions, and we are proud to collaborate with their team.”

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