As connected truck technologies develop, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has determined it needs a dedicated position to take advantage of the opportunities being presented. The company has named Sanjiv Khurana to the new position of general manager of trucks connectivity, reporting directly to President & CEO Roger Nielsen.
Khurana will lead DTNA’s connected vehicle solutions and spearhead efforts to ensure customers receive critical insights that allow them to achieve maximum efficiency, uptime and safety, the company explained. He was most recently president of Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing, LLC, a DTNA subsidiary. Previously, he served as CFO of Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, where he was instrumental in the launch of the Daimler truck business in India.
“Sanjiv is the ideal fit for this crucial new position,” said Nielsen. “He brings a deep knowledge of DTNA, technical and financial acumen and a drive to see how much truck connectivity can accomplish in providing our customers with digital solutions imperative to their success.”
“I am excited about the new challenges,” Khurana said. “Our vision is to provide our customers the best connected truck experience and help them get the best performance out of their business. Connectivity will transform the trucking industry and DTNA is deeply committed to this technology. I am determined that we will continue to lead in this important field by developing innovative products, services and business models.”
DTNA introduced Detroit Virtual Technician in 2011 and was one of the leaders in offering remote diagnostics using factory-installed hardware. Over the past several years, DTNA has deepened its connectivity capabilities with the introduction of the Detroit Connect suite of connected vehicle services, which also includes Detroit Connect Analytics and the recently launched Remote Updates. All Detroit Connect services are accessible via the Detroit Connect portal, which helps fleet managers access and analyze vehicle fault event and performance data, further deepening their knowledge about overall fleet health.
“Customers are responding to the innovative technology offered by Detroit Connect and it’s our responsibility to provide new capabilities that not only meet, but anticipate, their needs,” Khurana said. “Our customers have become increasingly sophisticated in how they are analyzing and implementing data captured and transmitted from their fleets, and DTNA will continue to provide the best solutions that meet their data needs and evolve their businesses.”
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