For the long-haul truck drivers, Rand McNally has launched two new truck-specific GPS units: the 5-inch IntelliRoute TND 510, and the large, high-definition 7-inch IntelliRoute TND 710.
According to the company, the new units incorporate user-requested enhancements, the ability to incorporate real-time traffic, and a newly designed, thinner hardware unit.[ Also Read: Ask Your Phone When and Where You Should Go ]
“Rand McNally is committed to the commercial transportation industry and to the professional driver. Our IntelliRoute TND line has been enhanced to provide further value to over-the-road driver,” said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally.[ Also Read: Lemme Sleep When I am at the Wheel ]
New enhancements include:
Virtual Dashboard – At a glance, drivers can view sunrise or sunset, odometer, speed, altitude and other key metrics.
Traffic Predictor (Available only on the TND 710) – Integrates historic traffic patterns into routing.
Real-time traffic compatible – Truckers can calculate driving time with congestion ahead, or seek alternate routes. An additional accessory is needed; that accessory will be available at www.randmcnally.com for the suggested retail price of $89.99 and includes a lifetime traffic feed.
View Current Location by Mile Marker – View location by mile marker along major interstates.
Enhanced Truck-specific Points of Interest – Now includes truck washes, towing and service, and truck repair information from Truck Down.
Find a Location by Latitude and Longitude – Useful when delivering to oil fields, solar windmill fields, new construction, etc.
Finding a Destination by ZIP Code – One of the most requested enhancements, the new feature includes three-character input for Canada
Enhanced Quick Planner – Now includes user-defined average speed to further specify the time required from point to point.
Multi-Stop Entire Route Preview – Now choose from Detail View, Highway View (New), Trip Summary and Summary Map View (New) to better review a planned route.
Enhanced Voice Warnings – Drivers can prepare for sharp curves, upgrade/downgrade, time zone, upcoming construction, border crossing, and speed limit changes with user-set warnings.
Loaded vs. Empty Option – Allows the driver to select whether he/she is carrying content; required for IFTA reporting purposes.
The company says IntelliRoute TND line of GPS products is “Trucker tested. Trucker approved.” Suggested retail price is $349 for the 510 and $449 for the 710.
Both units are available at truck stops and at other online retailers. It was announced Wednesday, March 9.
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