Daimler Truck has established a Connectivity Services Group (CSG) global division to develop vehicle connectivity and digital services worldwide.

CSG will be based at Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) headquarters in Portland, headed by Sanjiv Khurana, currently head of digital vehicle solutions at DTNA. Khurana will oversee the international teams to define the next set of connectivity products and set up the framework for fast and scalable software development and product management.

“Connectivity has proven to be a huge asset to improving our customers’ profitability around the world,” said Khurana.

The group will focus on uniting digital architecture, including in vehicle software, cloud platforms and digital products. Daimler already has a strong range of connectivity services, including Detroit Connect, Truckonnect, Mercedes-Benz Uptime, Fleetboard and Omniplus ON. The products and services that are developed by CSG will be easily adaptable across the brands worldwide.

Partnerships with in-vehicle and Internet of Things technology providers will also fall under CSG, including the company’s work with Platform Science which will leverage transportation specific mobile device management, remote platform management (RPM), beginning in 2021. RPM will allow customers to deploy and manage mobile device and mobile applications to fit their mixed fleet needs and seamlessly integrate those devices and apps into their trucks.

Khurana formerly was president of Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing, a DTNA subsidiary. Previously, he served as CFO of Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, where he was instrumental in the launch of the truck business in India.