This past fall, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer recognized a growing phenomenon in commercial trucking – a dramatic increase in low bridge strikes by commercial trucks across New York State caused by the use of car GPS devices. This has prompted Schumer to call upon the U.S. Department of Transportation to investigate the matter and issue nation-wide standards for GPS devices used in trucking.
Some of the more publicized bridge strikes have been blamed on car GPS devices used by commercial transportation drivers. Car GPS devices don’t contain truck restriction data to accurately route commercial large vehicles, and can therefore cause accidents and inefficient, costly routing.
"These accidents are frequent, costly, dangerous and entirely avoidable," said Schumer in a press release. "All the information we need to prevent these accidents is available, all we have to do is make sure it gets into the hands of the truck. If we have the technology to send a truck to Mars, we have the technology to prevent trucks from crashing into bridges here in Long Island."1
While Schumer has been leading the charge in New York, John McAvoy, director of engineering for Rand McNally, has played an integral role in Illinois addressing the same issue - pointing to driver education as the key to success.
"Drivers really don’t know that there’s a difference (between consumer GPS and truck GPS)," he said. "They need to know what types of devices are out there, and that there's a serious risk if you follow a car navigation device blindly if you’re in a large vehicle."2
At Rand McNally, we know the importance of providing fleets with more than just routing - but truck-specific routing that keeps assets and drivers safe, and operations efficient. That’s why the TND™ 760 Fleet Edition and the new generation TPC 7600 come equipped with our award-winning truck specific navigation. Rand McNally’s truck navigation keeps drivers on truck routes, and it will also, based on the settings the driver has entered for his truck, route around low clearance areas, providing seamless routing specific to the truck’s needs. It will also help avoid accidents that are not only dangerous, but can cause massive delays and cost lots of money.1
The new HD 100 is coming in April 2013, but we’re already receiving a great response. Check out what trucking expert Eric Harley of Red-Eye Radio Network had to say after previewing the innovative mobile communication solution at the American Trucking Association Management Conference and Exhibition last October. The HD 100 will turn Rand McNally’s IntelliRoute® TND™ GPS devices, tablets and smart phones into compliant EOBR systems.
After carefully analyzing a variety of mobile fleet management solutions, G.D.S. Express, Inc. has chosen to install the TND™ 760 Fleet Edition across its 120 truck fleet. The full-service, retail and apparel focused truckload carrier based in Akron, Ohio chose the TND™ 760 based on its ample feature set, ease of use, affordability and high driver acceptance, particularly in regards to the award-winning navigation found on the device.
In addition to choosing the TND™ 760, GDS already uses Rand McNally’s IntelliRoute® software for routing and mileage transactions. GDS’s existing transportation management system, McLeod LoadMaster software, integrates with both the TND™ 760 in-cab units and the back- office IntelliRoute® software. The integration ensures matching, and more accurate routing and mileage calculations for the carrier. GDS will use the EOBR features of the TND™ 760 for Hours of Service logging, and the engine diagnostics to assist with safety and maintenance planning.
J.P. Delaney, President of GDS, is confident the TND™ 760 and its robust set of features will help the company operate much more efficiently, helping to reduce phone calls between drivers and dispatch, growing operations without adding personnel, and making it possible to better manage customer communications.
Hear how the TND™ 760 is already making a difference for companies like F/X, Ryan Group and Watsontown Trucking. Then, find out how the TND™ 760 can impact your fleet’s performance and take your business up a notch.
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