With the introduction of the new EU regulation, the so-called smart tachographs will be embedded in a network of modern communication and sensor technologies. With authenticated and tamper-proof data packages (Trusted Data) from this digital infrastructure, the value chain in the transport and logistics sector can be significantly improved. The DTCO 4.0 has a corresponding standardised ITS interface, which enables uncomplicated data exchange with fleet management systems. This leaves established service companies, start-ups and enforcement authorities new creative approaches in the industry.


Data quality with data protection.

The generated vehicle and driver data must be encoded in accordance with the law and handled securely. The DTCO 4.0 from VDO guarantees this with a new cryptographic encryption procedure. In addition, the driver must agree to the transfer of his personal data. For this purpose, the DTCO 4.0 was equipped with a so-called "Privacy Button". This function allows the driver to give prior authorization for the transfer and processing of personal data.


Motivating bonus systems for drivers.

The consistent use of vehicle and driver data, for example, allows the introduction of better bonus systems for freight forwarders and their drivers. Switching behavior, fuel consumption and punctuality alone are not always sufficient and are even often in conflict with each other. If one could consider key figures such as traffic conditions, weather conditions, gradients on the route, etc. in the future, one might get a different picture of the service provided. With the help of data evaluation, drivers would then be granted appropriate bonus payments or given well-founded feedback based on which they could optimize their driving behavior.


Fair toll calculations.

A toll payment adapted to the vehicles and the load would also be conceivable. For example, to determine the actual axle load with the aid of intelligent strain gauges, the table average values previously used as more accurate parameters.


More precise policies and better leasing conditions.

The number and reliability of the relevant data records will also make it possible to determine more individual and more accurate insurance policies in the future. Diagnostic and transaction data, load and load data, driving style, infringements - the tariffs that determine the premium according to all relevant data could be set much better than is the case today. Leasing models for vehicles or accessories, such as tyres, could also be redesigned using Trusted Data to meet demand.


Car park reservations.

An illustrative example of the promising possibilities of trusted data processing is the automatic reservation of rest areas and parking lots. The tedious and time-consuming search for a rest area could be reduced for the truck driver by using an app. The app would use the data from the tachograph (as well as current traffic data and real-time information from rest area operators) to calculate where the truck will be at the end of its remaining journey and automatically reserve a parking space there. And who knows? Perhaps the steaming pizza that the truck has ordered in advance from the local delivery service is already waiting at the car park.

The examples shown are only a part of the numerous possibilities to develop new business models with Trusted Data and to steer the industry towards a digital future. The smart tachograph DTCO 4.0 is the ideal basis for this - for more efficiency and opportunities in the transport and logistics industry.