At the Nutzfahrzeugkongress (commercial vehicle congress) in Berlin, Continental provided insights into the world of the new digital tachograph. One thing is clear: everything will be easier for inspectors.
It may still take some more time, but the next generation of the digital tachograph is coming. The European Commission has issued June 15, 2019 for it. From then on, the next generation must be installed in newly registered vehicles. A good 18 months before, Continental gave a little insight into what the newcomer should be able to do. The basis for many innovations in the tachograph is the EU Regulation No. 165/2014. The European Parliament and the Council maintain that, among other things, the control equipment should be linked to a global navigation satellite system, so that inspectors have an easier time checking the daily working time.
Remote inquiry of driving and rest times
One of the most comprehensive innovations will then also concern the control of driving and rest periods. Control will be possible from outside already in the future. Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC), which is also common in automatic toll collection, allows inspectors to read the driving and rest times without having to stop the truck. Only if a violation exists, the usual control will be performed. The Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG) can then use DSRC readers on toll bridges, mobile and stationary DSRC readers. The DSRC interface in the tachograph should also make it possible to record road fees abroad via services provided by the European Electronic Toll Standard (EETS).
Carriers can then optionally equip their new devices with an ITS interface through which trusted data can be transferred. The manipulation-resistant data memory can then also transmit additional information of other devices installed in the vehicle to the fleet manager or dispatcher. Thus, information about axle loads with the corresponding sensors, compliance with the cold chain or the tank contents could be safely transmitted. In addition, the driver should benefit as well. He also gets a comprehensive view of his data.
There will also be new maps with the new device. This affects the driver, workshop, company and control officials.