Mack Granite now available with video telematics

Mack Granite

Mack Trucks has expanded the availability of a pre-wire option for equipment from Lytx — a creator of  video telematics — to the Mack Granite model.

Mack made the announcement during a ride and drive event featuring Lytx DriveCam-equipped Mack models in Fontana, California.

“Expanding the Lytx offer to our Granite model means customers with on- and off-road vocational applications have access to the latest safety solutions,” said David Pardue, vice president of connected vehicles and uptime services for Mack Trucks.

“Whether being used to help drivers become more efficient, or helping prove a driver’s innocence in an accident, the Lytx video-based safety program delivers great value to customers.”

The expanded collaboration with Lytx builds on a memorandum of understanding the two companies entered in October 2017.

“Mack continues to be a tremendous partner in enabling our ultimate shared goal of keeping drivers safe while delivering tangible value to fleet operations,” said Eliot Feldstein, Lytx’s senior vice president of strategy and corporate development.

“Even more customers will experience the benefits of our programs faster and with best-in-class workmanship. We couldn’t be more excited about this offering.”

Lytx DriveCam helps reduce unsafe driving behaviours for more than 3,000 organizations through video-based driver coaching and predictive analytics.

By adding Lytx Video Services, customers can go beyond safety and help eliminate operational blind spots that keep them from maximizing efficiency, productivity and profitability by adding features like on-demand continually recorded video, optional live stream and support for multiple cameras.

This captured footage can be used to provide proof of service or delivery verification through video confirmation.

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Available in axle forward or axle back models, the Mack Granite can be customized for a variety of construction jobs, including dump and concrete mixer applications. Granite models are also used in the waste segment as rear-loaders or roll-offs, while the truck is also used in snow removal.

For severe-duty applications like heavy-haul and logging, Granite models can be spec’d as a tractor with heavy-duty upgrades.

Depending on the application, Mack Granite models are available with the Lightweight 11-litre Mack MP7 engine or the 13-litre Mack MP8 engine with up to 505 hp. Both engines are optimally paired with the Mack mDRIVE HD 13-speed automated manual transmission, which is standard on all Granite models.

The mDRIVE HD 13-speed offers a low-ratio creeper gear enabling excellent jobsite startability, while maintaining on-road fuel efficiency.

Mack Granite models with the pre-wire option for Lytx DriveCam safety program and the Lytx Video Services enhancement will be available for order beginning in the third quarter of 2018.