From June 15, 2019, newly registered or newly equipped vehicles over 3.5 metric tons that are used for commercial purposes must be fitted with a new-generation digital tachograph - DTCO ®4.0. The purpose of the new EU Regulation No. 165/2014 is to further improve road safety, guarantee competitiveness on the European domestic market and prevent the manipulation of digital tachographs.
The new DTCO® tachograph is a solution that entails a lot of new features. The most important of them are:
DSRC INTERFACE WITH PRACTICAL ANTENNA
It must be possible for supervisory authorities to request encrypted information on the truck in operation by means of a DSRC antenna (dedicated short-range communication). However, personal driver data, such as driving and rest periods, is not transferred. In the event of an irregularity, vehicles can be stopped for an in-depth inspection. DTCO® 4.0 features an innovative DSRC antenna installed on the windshield. Its function has been integrated in the tachograph. Unlike standard solutions available on the market, no changes to the vehicle's electrical or electronic systems are necessary here.
AUTOMATIC POSITIONING WITH GNSS
The DTCO® 4.0 has a highly sensitive integrated GNSS module with access to satellite systems such as Galileo, GPS and GLONASS. Thanks to the satellite-assisted positioning system, the vehicle location is recorded at the start and end of the working period and after three hours of active driving time.
ITS DATA FOR FLEET MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
More than 70 different additional data records can be transferred to fleet management systems such as Continental VDO TIS- Web®, VDO FleetVisor or MiX Telematics by means of standardized ITS (intelligent transportation system) interface. Whenever drivers have given theirconsent theirpersonaldatatobe passed on is also indicated in advance. This ensures transparency – not only for the inspection but also for data protection.
NEW KITAS 4.0 MOTION
VDO has developed the new KITAS 4.0 motion sensor for communication between the speed sensor and the digital tachograph. Together with the DTCO® 4.0, it constitutes a system unit and meetsthevery restrictive legal regulations thanks to the new encryption system. In addition, the registration of the system with the VDO WorkshopTab 4.0 is very easy thanks to the QR code.
PLUG & PLAY - FAST AND SIMPLE COMMISSIONING
The DTCO® 4.0 has been designed as a “plug & play” device. Thus, it can be easily integrated in the vehicle techno- logy – even the plug connections are identical to the previous models. Thanks to the integrated GNSS antenna and DSRC interface, the DTCO® 4.0 does not need any additional electronics or any adjustments to the vehicle CAN bus. simply need a passive DSRC antenna to commission the smart tachograph. Thanks to the combination of DTCO® Configuration App and DTCO® SmartLink, the DTCO® 4.0 can also be configured very easily – many settings can be configured without having to visit an auto
WHAT DATA DOES THE DTCO® 4.0 TRANSMIT WHEN A DRIVING TRUCK IS BEING TESTED?
The information that the DTCO® 4.0 transmits in encrypted form when a driving truck is tested has been defined by law. If suspicions arise, the vehicle can be stopped foramorein-depthinthetest. A fine is not automatically imposed. The following data recorded by the tachograph is transmitted:
- Most recent attempt at a safety violation,
- Longest interruption of the power supply,
- Sensor fault,
- Data error, path and speed,
- Data conflict in vehicle movement,
- Driving without a valid card,
- Insertion of cards while driving,
- Time settings data,
- Calibration data including the date of the two most recent calibrations,
- The vehicle's official registration number,
- Speed recorded by the tachograph.
THE SMART TACHOGRAPH DTCO ® 4.0
- Meets all requirements of the new EU decree from 2019 on ward,
- Fast and simple commissioning with "plug & play" capability,
- Automatic positioning with GNSS,
- Saves more time with inspections via DSRC remote communication,
- Standardized ITS interface for fleet management systems,
- Fewer visitsatan auto repair workshop thanks to DTCO® ConfigurationApp.