Daimler Trucks North America will carry Rand McNally's IntelliRoute TND 500 navigation device at its Freightliner, Sterling and Western Star dealers throughout the U.S in October
. Designed specifically to help truck drivers navigate the roads, the device includes 35 percent more truck-attributed roads and nearly 13,000 truck-related points of interest.

"This is the first portable navigation system for trucks that has the features truckers actually need," said Benjamin McKee, product segment manager, Daimler Trucks North America. "This design responds to their specific requirements."

The device creates a route based on length, width and height of the truck, as well as the type of route desired. After the unit calculates the most optimized route with the most efficient use of miles and fuel, it provides the driver with turn-by-turn voice directions. The device also offers detail with address-to-address mile calculation, rather than just ending at a highway junction as many systems have done in the past.

The IntelliRoute TND 500 also allows drivers to track miles driven in every U.S. state or Canadian province for bookkeeping and fuel tax reporting purposes. Other features of the device include an address book, a quick planner for an upcoming route, Rand McNally's Motor Carriers' Road Atlas, timers and logs, as well as calculator and converter buttons. It also comes with The Trucker's Friend National Truckstop Directory, which has more than 50 searchable amenities for each location. In addition, the company has introduced Smart Time, a feature that calculates the estimated time of arrival at the destination.

Rand McNally plans on adding real-time overlays such as RoadWork construction updates that allow the user to route around construction delays.

More info: www.randmcnally.com/truckgps