Rand McNally debuts products at GATS

Sept. 2, 2014

At the Great American Trucking Show (GATS) recently, Rand McNally introduced its latest-generation IntelliRoute TND GPS devices for commercial truck drivers.

The devices showcase new hardware, a faster processor, two new graphical user interface options, and improved map appearance. Bringing together Rand McNally’s navigation with 35% more truck routing information, the IntelliRoute TND 730 and 530 LM devices deliver technology and features specifically designed for commercial drivers.

The 7" and 5" devices feature a new thinner, sleek hardware design that is still rugged enough to withstand the in-cab environment. Inside, the devices have faster processing speeds, allowing for quicker route calculation, point of interest searches, route comparisons, and faster screen-to-screen transitions. Graphically, the units offer users two new interface design options called “Ice” (with a white background) and “Carbon” (with a steel gray background). Users may also use the familiar “Classic” design interface, from prior generations of IntelliRoute TNDs.

The onboard mapping has been upgraded to include improved text and road shields, and new coloration for certain reference points like shopping centers and parks. Additionally, the devices offer users the option of two new map color schemes for more driver personalization.

New navigation options allow the driver to further tailor routes to individual preferences:

•Estimated Toll Road costs are now included for better-informed trip planning. A driver may choose to incorporate toll costs in the Compare Routes feature.

•More Advanced Lane Guidance instruction, combined with Enhanced Junction Views, shows the driver the best lanes in which to drive when approaching a turn or heading toward a complicated intersection.

•Avoid Areas option allows drivers to avoid areas permanently—such as residential locations—or temporarily to accommodate closures of bridges or other roads; blocked areas can be drawn on screen or selected by road segment.

•Multi-Stop Trip Planning now provides detail for upcoming legs of the journey, color-coded for easy differentiation. There is also a “zoomable” summary map view of the full trip showing the various segments.

•A Commercial Bus routing option is available on the devices in addition to truck and car routing.

Rand McNally also announced that its HD 100 device is now shipping with software that adds compliant E-logs to tablets, smart phones, and IntelliRoute TND GPS devices. Depending upon the service plan selected, the HD 100 can also turn those devices into fully functional mobile fleet management solutions.

The HD 100, a small black box about the size of a deck of cards, plugs into a truck’s on-board diagnostic port and records the truck’s GPS position along with critical vehicle-specific information and driving behavior.

This device provides electronic hours of service (HOS) recording, vehicle inspection reporting, text- and dispatch-integrated messaging, plus driver performance monitoring capabilities.

For more information, call 1-800-789-6277 or access www.randmcnally.com.