Peloton is working with major trucking OEMs to make PlatoonPro available as a factory pre-wire on future production vehicles. And for trucks out on the road today, Peloton provides platooning capability through a PlatoonPro retrofit kit.
As a former fleet manager for a construction company, and as someone who used to customize 4x4s for a living, I know there are installation technicians and fleet managers out there who are wondering:
How long does it take to install the PlatoonPro system?
Does installation require any special tools?
Will I need an engineering degree to do this?
I won’t say it’s a trivial task to install PlatoonPro, but I can say that Peloton offers a turnkey solution that genuinely streamlines the installation process. In fact, now that I’ve installed almost two dozen Peloton systems on Kenworth, Peterbilt, and Volvo tractors, I can say with confidence that installing PlatoonPro is not as complex as, say, doing an engine conversion/swap.
In fact, a day-cab installation can be completed by a single technician in just 2 to 3 hours.
The PlatoonPro installation kit comes in a big box that includes system components and their mounting kits, wiring harness, diagrams, instructions–even zip ties and mounting tape.
There’s no nut or bolt left unturned.
And it’s tailored to your truck’s make and model.
As an installer, all you need to provide is your know-how and a few tools. For the most part, you’ll just need some basic hand tools; the only specialty tool is a rivet nut insert tool which is used to mount the PlatoonPro controller on the cab wall.
Most installers can figure out what’s needed just by looking at the finished product, so let’s look at a typical installation.
It’ll be no surprise to installers that preparing the vehicle is the most time-consuming part of the process. I usually start by opening up the area where the dashboard switches and cabling will go, then I clear a path for the main harness to run along the passenger side to the back of the cab.
With the cab prepped, the main harness installation is pretty straightforward and can be done in about 15 minutes.
Pro tips: I’ve found it’s faster and easier to install our patented DSRC antennas into the side mirrors if I move the mirrors to the bench and do the work there. And, while I’m at the bench, I’ll go ahead and connect the GPS and LTE antennas to their brackets.
Each PlatoonPro component comes complete with its own mounting kit and a set of instructions tailored to the target vehicle. We know every environment is slightly different, so the retrofit kit includes parts an installer might need to handle those differences. For example, we designed a collar for the dashboard switch assembly that allows the installer to pop the switch into the existing opening on the dash.
We’ve put a lot of thought into how to make installations faster and easier, down to a ‘peel and stick’ system for mounting a camera on the windshield.
An additional benefit of our modular installation approach is that it enhances the serviceability of the PlatoonPro system. We’ve outfitted a number of components with their own integrated harness to make swapping out parts easier and more cost-effective for fleets.
Peloton’s hardware design was recently featured in an exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. With the PlatoonPro retrofit kit, we’ve applied that functional design aesthetic to the creation of a ‘plug and play’ experience for system installers. No engineering degree required.
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