TomTom Enables Predefined Routes for Fleet Navigation
October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature
TomTom Business Solutions announced that its Software Alliance Program is now allowing over-the-air delivery of predefined routes into its Pro series of connected navigation devices.
Using the WebFleet API industry-specific routing software, vendors can integrate with TomTom's fleet navigation devices and send predefined routes directly to the vehicle. For industries that serve many customer deliveries or pick up points along a prescribed route, this capability can increase service levels and efficiency by up to 20%, claims the company.
Route planning software providers develop optimal routing algorithms for a wide range of vertical markets, including delivery, heavy transport, school bus, trash collection, para transit, snow plows, food delivery, meter reading, and concrete ready mix.
TomTom open APIs allow these software vendors to introduce new advanced routing capabilities which were not possible until now.
Companies can ensure drivers take the approved route, issue warnings when there's a deviation, and enable their customers to track progress of the given route, improving visibility into their operations.
When routes change or new drivers take over an existing route, TomTom helps drivers learn new routes by providing turn-by-turn directions to pick-up or delivery locations.
Customized routes are sent to the TomTom navigation devices in the vehicle, displaying the routes as they were designed. This enables companies to empower their workers with turn-by-turn navigation on a professional grade PND.
"While specific routing needs vary by industry, companies requiring granular control of their drivers' routes share some common characteristics. Transportation of heavy loads and dangerous goods, avoiding dangerous neighborhoods, school zones and excessive U-turns are typical examples," said Matthew Curtis, Software Alliance manager, TomTom Business Solutions.