The solution developed for Volvo Trucks presents an innovative blockchain-based fleet service and repairing control system. It was created to improve service and maintenance of trucks, thus increasing their uptime. Since timely diagnosis is the most effective way to detect a problem in a vehicle, the company designed a blockchain-based system of computer diagnostics.
The blockchain technology delivers a higher level of service standard to clients. It controls the quality of repairs, granting access to a database for qualified technicians only. Certified experts can see the tech data collected from sensors and preserved by the system. Using it, they can detect problems that might not be evident to a driver or technician. Since all trucks are connected to the unified system, any authorized technician can inspect a truck and perform repairs.
Volvo Trucks is a separate company within Volvo. It is a leading truck manufacturer that sells vehicles and services in more than 130 countries of the world. It works mainly with heavy trucks and construction equipment. The company decided to improve coordination between its truck companies and production units to build a more agile and efficient organization. With this goal in mind, the company decided to develop a blockchain network, which is necessary to digitize support and maintenance procedures.
When the team got down to work, there were no similar systems in the automotive industry. The team needed to create blockchain architecture and develop the interface from scratch. The system employed earlier wasn’t involved in the storage of data. The task was to develop a blockchain supporting a unified network with real-time data.
The team developed the blockchain technology, connecting vehicles to the workshops of the network. It provides all data about the engine, brake pads, etc. in real time. With access to diagnostic trouble codes, certified technicians can monitor the status of trucks’ components, to prevent breakdown and return cars back on the road fast.
Primarily, the team conducted the market research to discover similar cases and competitors. It took two months to complete the discovery stage and provide an estimate and a plan for the actual implementation work. During this period, our developers kept in touch with Volvo Trucks technical experts and discussed numerous issues with them. Despite huge expertise in the field, the sphere of blockchain wasn’t familiar for them at that time. For that reason, our company acted as a consultant by describing how the blockchain system works.
The development stage continued for 6 months. Following a detailed technical assignment, the team created MVP, and started testing the system. Time after time, new data appeared in the process of testing, making developers modify the code accordingly. The verification of expected features and functionalities required several iterations, until all issues were solved along the way.
There was no delivery stage, so the company didn’t integrate the system to Volvo Trucks.
The process of delivery and integration of a software product to the client’s business processes was implemented by the technology department of Volvo Trucks.
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