Along with the European-wide DEKRA certification of the driver card downloads in 2008, one year later the mass memory download was certified by the testing company. The mass memory download was first introduced at the IAA 2008 and makes it possible to transmit data from the tachographs to headquarters. In the same year, the DispoPilot got a new look and a new position in standard truck navigation systems, which use truck attributes to safely guide the driver to loading and unloading locations.
FleetBoard solidified its position as one of the best-known suppliers of telematics with the continuous new and further development of its products. This was confirmed by the image ranking of traffic news, where FleetBoard first won first place as the "best telematics brand".
In 2009, the number of participants in the FleetBoard Drivers' League reached a new peak: More than 5,400 participants competed in "TRUCKERMANIA", and for the first time in the history of the Drivers' League there was a European showdown. The best truckers from their respective countries competed in the European finals in Wörth and experienced nerve-racking as well as breathtaking moments.
The new DispoPilot.mobile was presented in October. Contrary to the DispoPilot, the DispoPilot.mobile has a suction cup on the back for flexible use in various vehicles. In May 2009, Daimler FleetBoard announced its cooperation with Zauner & Partner - a software company that sells and markets future-oriented evaluation programs for driver data. This means FleetBoard data are now automatically integrated into the ZA/ARC archive and analysis software.
Also in May, the long-term European-wide project SETPOS came to a close. In the scope of this project, FleetBoard was able to implement parking place reservations for trucks. Truck drivers can now radio ahead and preserve a parking spot at specific rest areas.
Since November 2009, Mercedes-Benz Truck Maintenance Management has offered an additional milestone in the field of repair and maintenance on the basis of FleetBoard. Selected service data are recorded and evaluated with FleetBoard without the customer having to bring the vehicle to the workshop for this. This can be used to optimize the scopes of maintenance, reduced downtimes and costs as well as maximize truck usage.
With constant innovations, FleetBoard has not only kept their old customers happy, but has also been able to win over two new major customers in 2009: EDEKA Rhein-Ruhr and Tesco (UK). And the FleetBoard customer Reynolds is evidence that FleetBoard not only helps improve the customer's efficiency, and it also helps them win awards. The company won the European Transport Company of the Year 2009 Award with a little help from FleetBoard.
In 2010, Daimler FleetBoard will officially be celebrating 10 years on the market and, appropriately enough, just won first place for the Image Award. FleetBoard telematics is now also available in Mercedes-Benz Sprinters.
By July 2010, more than 140 employees are working for FleetBoard. The telematics services are offered in Europe, the Middle East, Brazil, and South Africa. Since its market introduction, the telematics provider has equipped more than 75,000 vehicles for 1,500 European customers with telematics services (Status of July 2010). By using the FleetBoard services, FleetBoard customers were able to save over 174,000 tons of CO2 in 2009 alone.
The following years were characterized by product innovations and an expansion of the service portfolio. Thanks to a standardized Internet protocol, the so-called SOAP interface could be set up in 2004. This still enables the integration of FleetBoard data into the logistics company's own software. In the same year the DispoPilot, the mobile handheld device for order management, navigation and scanning, was presented at the IAA 2004.
The FMS standard was promoted during meetings of the large truck manufacturers. This also made it possible to develop FleetBoard Performance Analysis for trucks from all manufacturers.
Several Drivers' Leagues were held in the following years, and from year to year there were more and more participants. The driver's competition for the best driving style established itself as a yearly highlight among the FleetBoard customers.
In 2005, DEKRA checked and certified the company according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000.
Several highlights were presented at the IAA 2006: Expansion of the existing services to include Time Management, a European-wide flat rate, Cooling Data Management and the expansion of the DispoPilot to include the electronic signature as well as a target-performance comparison.
At the same time as the fifth Drivers' League, held under the motto "drive, save, win" with over 3500 participants, the driver card download was also introduced to the market in 2007. From then on it was possible to read the driver card anywhere and anytime using the FleetBoard on-board computer.
In 2007, after researching the customers’ requirements, the market situation, future trends, etc., FleetBoard developed its new strategy for the upcoming years: "Growing together".
In 2000, FleetBoard really picked up. The first vehicles were equipped with telematics systems and the success story took its course. The first customers included Wiedmann & Winz and Häger Spedition GmbH & Co. KG. And in the truck factory in Wörth, preparations were being made for a future with FleetBoard and plans took shape for a separate company installation hall to install the hardware. At the close of 2000, the first large-scale customer could finally be won and the breakthrough was achieved. The innovative transport company Bork decided to base their decision to purchase new vehicles on the quality of the telematics system delivered with these vehicles. FleetBoard was able to fulfil these demands and equipped exactly 127 Actros trucks with on-board computers of type 1004/ Driver Workstation 2004 and Nokia 6090 (subsequently Code YN2). No encoding was used at that time. An order for each individual vehicle was written at the net price. Due to the strong influence of Bork in the transport industry, FleetBoard were able to decisively promote the fame of their brand.
At this point, it had to be decided which way FleetBoard should turn. Corresponding telematics studies paved the way for the company into mass production and fostered the development of solutions for the traditional transport business. In 2001, four manufacturers of utility vehicles – Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Scania, and MAN – came together, joined by the corresponding telematics vendors, to discuss which solutions they should offer to their customers and which facts the vendors should reveal to the public. This led to the creation of the FMS Standard (Fleet Management System). In the future, this standard was to enable a cross-market fleet management by making it possible to evaluate and analyse vehicle data from trucks of different vendors via a single telematics system. In the same year, the Daimler company group (at that time DaimlerChrysler) set the course for a new development.
The DCTP (DaimlerChrysler Telematic Platform) began to take shape.
Supported by the FBSC (FleetBoard Service Center) in the administration of data, this control system corresponded to the typical telematics technology applied by the manufacturers of utility vehicles. Thanks to remote flash, with which the customer receives software updates over the Internet, FleetBoard wrote another piece of telematics history. With the motto "FleetBoard is looking for the super driver" the first Drivers' League competition, competition for economic driving in the course of daily business, started in 2003. Over 600 drivers from 71 companies participated.
And the same year, the Daimler FleetBoard GmbH AG was founded as a 100% subsidiary of Daimler AG.
After the foundations for telematic-supported fleet management were laid in the 1980s, progress advanced quickly in the 1990s. From 1990 to 1995, Mercedes-Benz started installing electronic vehicle diagnosis systems, at first only in the heavy truck classes. This precursor to the Actros was a special option. The idea was to offer an in-depth onboard diagnosis to extend the maintenance intervals. Soon these systems became standard equipment due to the high demand. And since the competition wasn't sleeping, at the same time it was decided to promote the topic of fleet management, and to connect the vehicle data with telematics.
In the years 1996 to 1999, a clear direction was laid out in a requirements specification from CharterWay. On the basis of a vehicle service systems (Fahrzeug Service Systems or FSS), a vehicle diagnosis systems (Fahrzeug Diagnose Systems or FDS) and the data derived from them, the development of the fleet management tool was started. There was a conscious decision to develop an independent telematics systems since, on the one hand, it was determined that there was a market for systems like this. On the other hand, this would get a foot in the door of other fleet manufacturers. The project was developed in direct cooperation with major customers. For the presentation of the prototype, Mercedes-Benz fleet management was to be presented independently and an expressive name had to be found. And so the name FleetBoard was born, along with the logo of flying swans, which certain readers may still remember.
January 1, 1998 was the official formation of the FleetBoard department, which at first directly reported to the truck sales division. This was followed by the formation of a complete team that was responsible for the development of the "FleetBoard" project and the expansion of the infrastructure.
The prototype of the first FleetBoard system - a telematics-supported onboard computer - was presented at the IAA 1998. The SMS and GPRS standards were used to communicate with the vehicle and driver and the data were sent digitally via the Internet or read out analogue with a handheld device. Information such as use analysis with driver style evaluation, maintenance information, and in-depth economic analysis securely demonstrated the ROI on the telematics system within a relatively short time. Although the evaluation of the driver data was not as detailed as today, there was a strong need to clarify how the data should be interpreted. Therefore, it seemed to be a good idea to set up sales and marketing department especially for "FleetBoard" to support the vehicle sales representatives. So in 1999 a separate "FleetBoard" department, and the foundation for the development of a professional, Telematic fleet management, was formed.
The FleetBoard idea originated a long time ago in the Mercedes-Benz truck development department and was first run as a research project. The goal was to develop an easier method of data exchange between the vehicle, driver and headquarters. The plan was to combine the up-and-coming technical possibilities in the electronic, mobile communications and Internet fields to make this data available at any time and any place.
The basis for today's vehicle management developed in the years 1980-1987.
In the early 1980s, relatively short maintenance intervals (15 - 30,000 km) were the norm for all vehicle manufacturers. To improve competitiveness, these intervals had to be lengthened. The biggest challenge was in calculating the maintenance for the different uses of the vehicles and the resulting various types of wear. The increased use of electronics in vehicles made it possible to develop a central display system in the vehicle panel that turned out to be a prerequisite for a maintenance system suitable for the corresponding wear. Communication between the vehicle and the driver developed.
In the years 1988-1992 the decision was taken to pursue the development of electronic communication. At first FleetBoard was developed under the name Mercedes-Benz Assistant; this first design was a simple handheld computer for the warehouse administration. Even at its launch this system raised a lot of eyebrows and, due to the level of response on the market, the project was expanded. Attempts were now made to take developed systems, such as a vehicle diagnosis system with a flexible service system with which intervals for oil changes, motor wear and operating properties could be monitored, for example, and integrate these into telematics, thereby expanding the communication from the driver and vehicle to headquarters. The first prototype was made in 1992.