Skokie, Ill. - Rand McNally launched a personal navigation device (PND) for truck drivers, which adds productivity software, to ship in October at $499.
Designed from the ground up as a trucker device, the "TND" includes 35 percent more roads with truck-attribute information than its leading competitor, and it offers almost 13,000 truck-related points of interest, said Rand McNally, which claimed to offer the leading trucker's road atlas.
The IntelliRoute TND 500 calculates routes based on a user's type of truck (to adhere to road restrictions for certain trucks) and also offers trucker calculating tools, such as tracking the miles driven in each state for bookkeeping and fuel-tax reporting.
Routes can be optimized for fuel efficiency. The device has a 5-inch screen, includes text-to-speech pronunciation of street names, and preloaded maps of the U.S. and Canada. Rand McNally product management director Dave Marsh said, "It is not simply a repurposed consumer GPS unit, but a business tool that will make truckers more comfortable and confident while driving."