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Digital tachograph DTCO® 2.2

Next generation digital tachographs

Manual Entry at DTCO 2.2 via Fleet App

Manual Entry at DTCO 2.2 via Fleet App

Manual Entry at DTCO 2.2 via Fleet App
Manual Entry at DTCO from VDO
DTCO 2.2 with new front cover
DTCO 2.1 1-Minute-Rule
Remote Download
VDO Counter

Your advantages at a glance

  • Manual Entries can be done easily via a smartphone
  • Quicker data download time than the previous models
  • Remaining driving and rest times displayed using the VDO Counter functionality
  • Transfer of information like fuel consumption, vehicle load, engine status from vehicle electronics inside fleet management systems
  • New front panel design


The digital tachograph includes driving, working, on-call and rest periods for the driver and the front passenger and stores this information on the personal driver card. The driver can use the VDO Counter to find out when the maximum permissible driving time has been reached and how long the next break needs to be. In addition, the device records vehicle-related data such as the truck speed. Time spent travelling on ferries and trains is recorded in the calculation as rest periods. Information on calibration is also stored in the mass storage device and the driver is periodically reminded of test intervals and the remaining validity of the tachograph card.

Intelligent on-board computer and personal assistant


The remaining travel time and upcoming rest periods are displayed for the driver on the display. Thus drivers can always see how long they can remain behind the wheel, how long the subsequent break must be and how long they may continue driving after the break. You can access daily and weekly figures just by pressing a button, and you can obtain an overview of upcoming compensation times.

The VDO Counter function is a standard feature of the current DTCO 2.1 active. For older models, it can be enabled with a VDO Counter Update Card.

Under “DTCO release statuses”, you find an overview of DTCO versions.

Manual Entry

Remote HMI control – offline functionalities
As long as there is no SmartLink connection established, the remote functionality works in an “offline mode”:

  • Within the offline mode, the driver may prepare a manual entry with multiple activities that will be uploaded to the DTCO® when the connection is active and the driver card is being inserted.
  • All those prepared activities are being stored on the Smartphone.
  • There is a pre-configured manual entry that fills the period from the last card ejection with “resting” and adds x minutes as working time for the vehicle check.

Remote HMI control – manual entry
When the SmartLink connection is active and the driver has just inserted a driver card into the DTCO® then the Remote Control works in Card Insertion Mode (or Manual Entry mode).

  • There is a pre-configurated manual entry that fills the period from the last card ejection with “resting” and adds x minutes as working time for the vehicle check.
  • Add additional activities
  • Start Country can be changed

More effective driving time with the one-minute rule

Every minute counts: According to the EU 1266/2009 regulation, a tachograph minute will only be recorded as driving time on the DTCO® 2.1 active, if driving represents the longest activity within a given minute.

This is what our customers say

Spedition EffingerMichael Effinger, CEO of freight forwarders Effinger: “The one-minute rule is a blessing for the sector.” Although his trucks are primarily involved in long-distance haulage and not stop-and-go regional traffic, all the time saved adds up for the company.

"The time gained is an enormous relief for overall operations. We no longer get so close to our limits, and we don’t have to cross our fingers so often and occasionally turn a blind eye.” In a nutshell: It provides a little more flexibility in vehicle scheduling.

Extras for additional functions


undefinedDTCO 2.1 active is the latest release version of the DTCO 1381 and the first EU tachograph with GPS capability.

The GPS location of the vehicle can now also be recorded at any time thanks to an additional module. It records the route and respective locations. In this way, driving and resting locations can be determined with 1-minute accuracy.

More information on vehicle tracking (location) and tracing (route tracking)

You don't want to record the geographical data for every journey? No problem: The driver can switch the function on and off at any time.

By the way: the geographical data is downloaded in the same way as other data, either manually or via remote download using our DLD devices.

ITS ready

In the future, drivers, fleets and other road users will be networked electronically to an even greater extent. Even today, the DTCO 2.1 active is prepared for this intelligent transport system (ITS) and is therefore a secure basis for fleet management of the future.

undefinedThe DTCO SmartLink, which is available as an option, connects digital tachographs to smartphones and thus becomes the gateway for various helpful apps.

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DTCO Connect

Your key into new business opportunities with digital tachographs from VDO

With DTCO® connect we offer you an extensive package of useful data for developing customized apps for the commercial vehicle market. To customize your applications in a perfect way benefit from DTCO® connect – accessing data of VDO digital tachograph DTCO®.

DTCO® connect provides a wide range of datasets – the digital tachograph DTCO® stores 124 different datasets with driver-related information, vehicle related information and tachograph-related information. All data is available in real time so ideally usable for close to customer developed applications.

Your advantages at a glance

  • Full access to all datasets stored in the digital tachograph DTCO®
  • Possibility of totally new sales approaches
  • All round carefree package including manual, hardware and tele-support
  • Brand marketing: labelling with DTCO® and VDO logo


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DTCO release statuses

Do you have an older version of the digital tachograph?

You see here which functions are supported on the different devices and which updates you may need.

 DTCO 1.3DTCO 1.4DTCO 2.0*DTCO 2.0aDTCO 2.1DTCO 2.2
Remote HMI
Driver history
Vehicle Data
GPS Data with DTCO Geoloc **
VDO Counter **
Independent motion signal support
1-minute rule
Advance warning of periodic test interval, card expiry
Graphic printouts
Remote download interface for remote download (DLD) and SmartLink ** ** ** ** ** **
Rest period with ignition off
Consumption recorded with DTCO Fuelgate

* Upgrade of the release to release 2.1 is possible via workshop
** Must be activated with an Update Card (At service device already activated)

See how you can simply check, if VDO Counter is activated or not:

Insert a valid driver card inside the card slot of the DTCO and perform the manual entry. As soon the card has been scanned completly press 3 times the "arrow down" button.

In case you see following screen inside the DTCO Display, the VDO Counter is already activated.


Additional products

We offer you various options for the mandatory download of data from the mass storage device and driver card, tailored to your individual requirements. With suitable software – e.g. TIS-Web – you can then analyses the data – and plan routes more effectively.

DLD Wide Range

DLD® Wide Range

Remote download via radio

Download driver and vehicle data when in the office using the GPRS network when the truck is still out on the road. This allows you to analyse all the information in VDO DriveTime, even in real time.

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DLK Pro Download Key

Mobile download via DLK

Mobile download

The solution for small fleets: Just put the download key in the tachograph and transfer the data to a computer.

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TIS-Web Datenmanagement

TIS-Web data management

Analysing data on a PC

Comply with legislation and plan routes more efficiently: You can use the online software to store data, present it in chart form and analyse it.

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DTCO SmartLink

DTCO SmartLink

Connection to smartphones

The device sends data from the tachograph to the driver's smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth (iPhone or Android). This gives you access to many useful apps.

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  • Tachograph paper

    High-quality paper that is especially resistant to heat.

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  • VDO Counter Update Card

    You activate the VDO Counter function with this card.

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