LAS VEGAS - PeopleNet's new integration with ALK Technologies' CoPilotTruck in-cab navigation application is now available and will work with the company's Blu2 and Tablet in-cab devices.

During an interview at the American Trucking Associations' Management Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas, President Brian McLaughlin explained that while the company has offered an integration with Maptuit's Navigo for years, and will continue to do so, that the market made it clear it wanted more options.

The CoPilotTruck app offers spoken turn-by-turn directions and can improve operations by significantly reducing out-of-route mileage, wasted driver time and fuel costs.

Routes developed via ALK's PC*Miler can be synchronized in real time with the PeopleNet in-cab device through ALK's RouteSync functionality, which McLaughlin called a big advantage for customers.

PeopleNet is the first onboard computing provider to launch the latest release of CoPilot Truck, 9.0, which provides an easy-to-use, intuitive interface with spoken turn-by-turn directions and easy-to-follow, non-distracting guidance displays. It calculates efficient routes based on vehicle profile information, routing parameters such as truck-restricted and prohibited roads and load type, including hazardous materials. Its motion-triggered safety lock ensures drivers stay focused on driving.

PeopleNet also says its Automated Workflow is the perfect foundation for CoPilot Truck, ensuring that accurate destinations are in the system for safe routing. Drivers can update vehicle/trailer dimensions and cargo-based restrictions for maintaining accurate route profiles.

Onboard route calculation to over 7 million points of interest (POIs) or integrated dispatched stops ensures that drivers stay on the road and in motion. Drivers can quickly identify destinations and calculate routes, searching POIs by name or category, including truck-specific categories such as truck stops and weigh stations.