Telematics Now Standard on Great Dane Trailers

Telematics Standard - Great Dane Trailers

Company remains future-focused on trailer connectivity, laying the foundation for fleets to have access to new technologies for years to come.

(Savannah, GA – August 12, 2021) Today, Great Dane announced that its innovative FleetPulse platform, the first OEM-developed smart trailer system, will now come as a standard feature on new Great Dane trailers with an integrated CAN harness to prepare equipment for future smart technology adoption.

The move reflects Great Dane’s commitment to a future focus on connectivity, ensuring all equipment built today is prepared to meet the market’s future demands.

All dry and refrigerated Great Dane trailers will now come standard with FleetPulse, delivering real-time data and valuable insights for fleets to get the most out of every mile. The offering includes GPS location, mileage data, geofences, automated yard checks, tethered status, heading, speed, as well as proprietary trailer specifications and parts information. The standard also includes built-in CAN harnessing, so that smart sensors can be added in the aftermarket and when new technology is introduced.

There is also the ability to upgrade to the full FleetPulsePRO option, which provides access to a full suite of smart sensors available today, taking a fleet to the leading edge of smart trailer technology. These include the ability to monitor and decipher ABS fault code alerts, tire inflation systems, door open status, light out detection, mileage from tire rotations, cargo status, rear axle weight, and more.

“At Great Dane, we continue to build on our legacy of innovation by keeping an eye on the future,” shared Dean Engelage, President of Great Dane. “By making our FleetPulse telematics solution a standard feature, Great Dane remains future-focused on trailer connectivity. We are laying the foundation for fleets to have greater flexibility in terms of accessing smart sensors years down the road.”

Great Dane is committed to leading the forefront of transportation innovations, integrating state-of-the-art technology in its premium trailers and truck bodies to facilitate the expansion of electronics and data insights. With FleetPulse, fleets benefit from real-time trailer-level data that puts more predictability into maintenance schedules, with real-time alerts from trailer health sensors creating greater productivity and more ROI for every asset.

“We are proud to offer telematics as standard and to provide insights for our customers, elevating the way they do business to ultimately deliver more uptime,” shared Chris Hammond, EVP of Sales for Great Dane.

As telematics continues to play an increasing role in the transportation industry, fleets today are searching for a telematics solution that is simple, reliable, and doesn’t require multiple data subscriptions. With Great Dane’s newest telematics offering, the first OEM to offer telematics as a standard feature, it moves the industry forward by providing hard-wired connectivity with a localized CAN network on all new Great Dane trailers.

“One of the major hurdles to a connected vehicle future is that long trailer life can hinder the speed of innovation,” shared Mike Molitor, Executive Director of Business Development for Great Dane. “By equipping each Great Dane trailer with a FleetPulse device and CAN harnessing, we believe fleets are better positioned to take advantage of future technologies.”

This announcement comes as industry-leading suppliers, including Hendrickson, TSE Brakes, and many others are developing compelling sensors that will become commercially available over the coming years.

“By equipping Great Dane trailers with a CAN network, fleets can cost-effectively take advantage of these technologies, while laying the groundwork for communication on the edge between the truck and trailer,” Molitor continued. “We remain committed to providing premium trailers that benefit our customers as the industry transitions towards a connected, autonomous, and zero-emission future.”

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About Great Dane

Great Dane is the leading manufacturer of high-performance commercial transportation equipment, including dry and refrigerated trailers and truck bodies, as well as steel, aluminum, and combo platform trailers. Great Dane has a storied history in the commercial trucking industry and is a driving force in trailer technology, innovation, quality, and customer service. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and with additional corporate offices in Savannah, Georgia, Great Dane has 11 manufacturing plants strategically located throughout the United States. The company’s network of corporate-owned branches, and full-line independent dealers offers a broad range of distribution points for new and pre-owned trailers as well as aftermarket services across North and South America. Visit Great Dane online at