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Rand McNally unveils latest trucker nav tool at MATS


Friday, March 26, 2010
The IntelliRoute TND 700 unit includes a volume boost for truckers, custom designed mounting features such as an oversized suction cup and extra-long cable, as well as a suite of specialized Trucker Business Tools to assist drivers in managing the business aspects of trucking.
The IntelliRoute TND 700 unit includes a volume boost for truckers, custom designed mounting features such as an oversized suction cup and extra-long cable, as well as a suite of specialized Trucker Business Tools to assist drivers in managing the business aspects of trucking.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As part of its goal to provide the most innovative routing and navigation products for professional drivers, Rand McNally has launched its IntelliRoute TND 700, a new truck GPS device with a 7-inch state-of-the-art high-definition screen and enhanced software features. A long-time road map maker for truckers, the company is showcasing its latest in-cab routing and business management tool at the Mid-America Trucking Show here.

This new device provides greater mapping detail at each zoom level, a larger viewing screen, additional Trucker Business Tools, enhanced features and 363,000 data updates, the company said.

“Rand McNally is committed to providing innovative technology and location-based information to drivers and fleets. The IntelliRoute TND 700 with its larger, high definition screen size will enhance the in-cab navigation experience providing for greater ‘glanceability’ as well as a quick, thorough understanding of the road ahead,” said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally.

The new model, like the CES award winning IntelliRoute TND 500 unit launched last year, was developed from the ground up for professional truck drivers and tested extensively by professional drivers on the road, according to Rand McNally.

The IntelliRoute TND 700 unit includes a volume boost for truckers, custom designed mounting features such as an oversized suction cup and extra-long cable, as well as a suite of specialized Trucker Business Tools to assist drivers in managing the business aspects of trucking.

Many of the new and improved features in the IntelliRoute TND 700 were developed as a direct result of driver feedback, company representatives said.

The unit includes a couple of new business tools, such as the notepad — drivers can type out a quick note such as “Call Dock with ETA 15 miles out”, or “Good parking availability” and a calendar.

The  TND 700’s features are easily accessed and used with an oversized stylus provided with the unit to extend reach in the cab, the company noted.

Enhancements to current features include access to POIs, such as truck stops, rest areas, and retail locations, with just a few clicks. Advance notification is now available for Norpass and Prepass availability at weigh stations. Border crossings can be pre-set to prohibit routing across country borders. Multi-stop routing has been improved to include on-the-fly vias and additional stopovers.

“The 700 series unit includes over 363,000 data updates derived from users of the IntelliRoute TND 500 ‘Tell Rand’ feedback feature as well as proprietary research from Rand McNally. Overall, IntelliRoute TND devices provide 35 percent more truck routing information than other GPS units,” said Danny Sack, senior product manager of Rand McNally. “Accurate, truck-specific road data and restrictions help avoid accidents and substantial fines, improve asset utilization and arrival times, and keeps insurance costs down for drivers.”

The company bills the IntelliRoute TND 700 as “Trucker tested. Trucker approved.” It has a suggested retail price of $499 and will be available at truck stops nationwide.

Kevin Jones of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at kevinj@thetrucker.com.

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