Daimler readying multi-marque telematics solution
Daimler will launch a multi-marque telematics solution for fleet managers at the end of the year, building on the driver-focused ‘Me Connect’ system, offered since 2014.
Me Connect Business will offer a “much broader telematics suite”, according to UK head of fleet, Rob East, enabling fleet managers to access information such as location and maintenance data via an app or web portal, and add it to an existing Me Connect driver account.
The system uses factory-fitted hardware on Mercedes-Benz products, though other vehicles can be integrated into Me Connect Business using Daimler’s own black box unit, which takes around half an hour to fit. Both could also potentially provide data into third-party software, though this is not confirmed as a feature from launch.
Mercedes-Benz recorded 64,139 fleet sales in the UK last year – a significant increase on the 24,156 in 2010 – and is on course to better that this year. The focus now is on improving the offer further, not only through product, but with streamlined purchasing and better customer experience, aimed at driving stronger retention.
Further details will follow closer to the launch, due late this year.
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