From mid-2019 on, EU Directive 165/2014 mandates the use of tachographs for all newly registered trucks. It aims to improve road traffic safety even further, and to ensure binding social standards are adhered to, along with safeguarding competition within the single European market. Any manipulation of the digital tachograph should be made virtually impossible. VDO offers a tachograph in the form of the DTCO® 4.0 that can satisfy these requirements optimally. Just like its predecessor, the DTCO® 4.0 needs to be inspected and calibrated regularly. A comprehensive software update, and a hardware upgrade, is also being deployed for the WorkshopTab (tablet PC) from VDO with “DTCO® 4.0 Ready.”

New basis for inspection due to EU 2016/799
With the launch of the new tachograph DTCO® 4.0, the previous periodic inspections (§57b) are changing, and therefore the workshop process as well. The Implementing Regulation EU 2016/799 includes three key reforms:


1. DSRC Test

On the one hand, an active test and check of the functionality of the DSRC interface (Dedicated Short Range Communication) integrated into the DTCO® 4.0 is required. To do this, additional “hardware” – the DSRC meter – is necessary. The DSCR meter communicates with the Workshop Tab using Bluetooth, and simulates the same inspection as is conducted by highway patrol officers. To do this, the device can either be installed in a fixed position in the workshop to comply with specifications, or can be used for tests on a tripod.


2. GNSS Test

The DTCO® 4.0 uses the global satellite architecture GNSS and communicates with several satellite systems, such as the European Galileo system, the American NAVSTAR GPS and GLONASS from the Russian Federation. In order to ensure that the vehicle position can be specified exactly at all time, a corresponding GNSS test is mandated. The GNSS test can be conducted using the Workshop Tab directly. No additional equipment is required. Only when this test is conducted in an auto repair shop rather than outdoors might the signal pick-up be too weak. VDO offers a technology for cases like this in the form of the GNSS Repeater Kit, which amplifies the satellite signal and thereby guarantees optimal test results in enclosed spaces as well.


3. KITAS Documentation

Furthermore, the KITAS defined for the respective DTCO® must be tested, and resealed, during a test of the DTCO® 4.0. When installed for the first time, the KITAS must be registered prior to installation. Both registration and sealing must be documented in detail. When Workshop Tabs are equipped with a camera, then this documentation is, incidentally, convenient to prepare by scanning the QR code. VDO also offers a practical cloud-based solution for the requisite data backup and archiving.
The Workshop Tab from VDO has already proven its value in the past in everyday workshop operations, and in light of the Implementation Regulation EU 2016/799, VDO is offering an optimal basis for the required future upgrades with DTCO® 4.0.