There’s Something ‘Inter’ Air – International announces Over-the-Air engine reprogramming

Navistar’s International brand in the US  has announced it will  launch over-the-air (OTA) reprogramming of engine control modules (ECM) from next year in the US domestic market only at this stage.

International says it plans to offer over-the-air reprogramming of engine control modules for its Navistar N9, N10 and N13 engines.

The company claims it is the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to offer this, and has completed its initial testing.

“Over-the-air reprogramming in International trucks will revolutionize the way our customers’ trucks are serviced and maintained,” said Bill Kozek, Navistar president, truck and parts. “This is another important example of how our connected vehicle leadership is paving the way for future advancements that will drive improvements in vehicle uptime and real-world, bottom-line results for our customers.”

The company said in the initial launch phase, International Truck’s OTA technology will be available on model year 2017 International trucks. The technology will enable the driver or fleet manager to use a mobile interface to initiate reprogramming over a Wi-Fi connection.

“OTA lays the groundwork for a pipeline of connected vehicle services such as partner engine and component calibration updates, body control module updates and future cellular capabilities,” said Mike Cerilli, general manager, Navistar’s Connected Vehicle Business.  “These and future advancements will provide improved customer uptime, fuel efficiency and other benefits that will drive added value for customers.”