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PeopleNet Enhances In-Cab Navigation

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

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PeopleNet has enhances its in-cab navigation, making it easier for drivers and the back office to use and for fleets to reduce out-of-route miles.
Enhancements to PeopleNet's in-cab navigation are available on its Tablet (shown) or Blu products.
Enhancements to PeopleNet's in-cab navigation are available on its Tablet (shown) or Blu products.


The enhancements to the navigation system, powered by Maptuit NaviGo, are based on driver feedback and fleet requests.

Yard Shaper is a new feature that helps the back office make routing decisions for directing drivers to the correct entrance and delivery spot. It outlines the shape of an arrival point within a large area and identifies the position within the location. Drivers know exactly where to enter the delivery area, where to park and where to exit. Custom notes associated with a yard or customer location may be available to the driver either in the form of a graphical or spoken command. For example, as the driver approaches a location, NaviGo can verbally direct the driver to the appropriate loading dock.

Also, PeopleNet and Maptuit have built additional back-office integration to allow fleets to identify out-of-route mileage by matching actual driven location data with prescribed routes, flagging cases of non-compliant driving.

New usability improvements based on driver feedback also have been incorporated into version 3.3, including preview improvements that provide drivers a more complete view of their routes, a direction arrow, decision points, stop details, estimated drive time between stops, road names with numbers and more.

The "Route Preview" function enables a route sent through PeopleNet's integrated Automated Workflow to be displayed on the device along with the route stops and driving directions for each. The new "Recent Searches" button provides the ability to save time routing to regular stops. Drivers now can make changes to the vehicle type, hazmat class and route preference (time vs. mileage sensitive).

They also can more easily provide feedback that helps keep the routing software up to date. Pressing the new "Mark-It" button marks the time, date, and approximate location where it was pressed. After completing their route, drivers can select the "Feedback" button and one of the marked locations to enter feedback, or they can select "General Feedback" to provide generic product or route feedback.

Available on the PeopleNet Blue and PeopleNet Tablet onboard computing platforms, PeopleNet In-Cab Navigation, powered by Maptuit NaviGo, calculates the least costly, door-to-door route while delivering drivers up-to-date directions to any destination, and providing live moving maps. In addition to reducing out-of-route miles, it also helps drivers avoid tolls and provides routes with only truck-approved roads.

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