Ensuring the optimum operation of an engine is best for longevity, reliability and fuel consumption. Without it, the vehicle would not be protected when a component fails. As internal damage can occur if components are too hot, cold or are not lubricated with oil.
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Using a multitude of sensor information, engine data is used for pre-conditioning. This helps the engine function in cold starts, lowers the idling level and saves fuel. Engine data is fed to control modules and telematics devices that transmit the vehicle's status to central servers. From here, fleet management can see if the engine is pre-conditioned, meaning it is ready to begin driving.
When driving in cold weather, diesel engines have particulate filters that need pre-conditioning. Otherwise, too cold a start will produce high emissions and reduce fuel consumption as the particulate filter is not functioning correctly. Resulting in a sooner failure of the component, or much worse side effects down the line.
Drivers need to understand how long the pre-conditioning takes, engine data can be fed to the user by displaying it on the dash, or on their smartphone remotely. Indicating when they will be able to start driving. Oil level and coolant level in the engine are some of the key requirements for keeping the engine healthy and robust. Engine Data can help to notify the fleet manager or the driver that the level of the engine oil or coolant is too low indicating that there needs to be immediate action taken to make sure that the engine and its components do not get damaged.
Start-stop systems help reduce pollution and fuel consumption in urban areas. Otherwise, low-speed city traffic uses excess fuel and emits harmful pollutants to pedestrians. Engine data reads the start-stop system status and informs the operator or fleet manager that the feature is functioning, or informs them if there is a start-stop system failure.