Mercedes-Benz Vans has enhanced the capabilities of its class-leading connectivity system, Mercedes PRO connect, with the addition of two new services – Remote Access and Digital Drivers’ Log.
Remote Vehicle Access means that a driver assigned to a vehicle can lock and unlock the vehicle and operate the optional auxiliary heater (if fitted) from anywhere. This allows packages to be dropped off to the load compartment, for example, even if the driver is not with the vehicle, and if the keys are locked in the vehicle, they can now be retrieved more easily. It also offers improved anti-theft protection, as unlocked doors are noticed, flagged on the system, and can be remotely locked again.
Digital Driver’s Log enables journey logs to be generated into an exportable PDF file that can be kept for company records, or can be used to assist vehicle managers or administrators in calculating personal versus business mileage and a complete record of all journeys. Tedious and error-prone manual entries in a journey log are no longer necessary.
Since the introduction of Mercedes PRO connect with the latest generation of the Sprinter in June 2018, Mercedes-Benz Vans has connected 9,500 new Sprinter vehicles in the UK, giving customers greater security, safety and efficiency benefits.
Mercedes PRO connect constantly updates itself, giving customers new features and benefits up to every six months. In 2019, Drive Style monitoring and electric mobility services were added to Mercedes PRO connect. Further new features in the past six months included real-time variable servicing monitoring, parking time monitor and additional geo-fence options.
“We are committed to enhancing the value our connected vehicle services that we offer to our customers to help keep their businesses moving,” Steve Bridge, the Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, said. “We don’t want to introduce gimmicks; we believe these digital services will add value to the van community and provide small ways to give them one less thing to think about.”