Thomas Built Buses is partnering with Zonar Systems to offer factory-installed telematics features for Thomas Built Buses’ Saf-T-Liner C2 models as standard equipment.
Company officials said the telematics features would be available on all 2016 model-year Saf-T-Liner C2 orders starting in July, and on all other models in the near future.
The on-board telematics platform by Zonar, which provides verified electronic vehicle inspection, fleet GPS tracking and remote diagnostics systems for public and private fleets, will have the ability to send and receive data from the engine, as well as provide insight on overall vehicle performance, driver behavior and monitoring of school bus passengers through Thomas Built’s unique multiplex wiring system.
The data will provide real-time diagnostics, which fleet managers, drivers, dealers and Thomas Built technicians can use to determine maintenance issues and to identify ways to further decrease the total cost of ownership for school bus fleets.
“This innovative electronic management solution will deliver valuable computerized information on maintenance issues and key engine events that could transform the school bus industry,” said Ken Hedgecock, Thomas Built Buses’ vice president of sales, marketing and service.