The digital tachograph gets smarter

Digitaler Tachograph

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).

Additional services

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.


Addendum from 4.8.2019:

New webinar
Oliver Krahmer, Tacho expert of the TIS GmbH, offers a new, compact and FREE webinar related to this topic starting from 12. August 2019.
In 30 minutes he discusses the important and sometimes hidden changes that the new Tacho 4.0 comes with.
He provides case studies and has useful documents ready for you.
Another topic is the tachometer archiving and the resulting pitfalls.

Tacho 4.0 – what you should know
First Date: August 12, 2019 | 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

All information and dates can be found HERE

Ralf Johanning

Ralf Johanning studied political science and works as a freelance journalist. For over ten years now he reports on the transportation and logistics industry. The priorities include topics such as telematics, software, and ICT. In 2006 the trained editor, Head, and Press Officer founded the editorial office Alte Schule with his partner Ann-Christin Wimber.

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