A real-time in-cab navigation system will be one of the first third-party applications offered for Qualcomm's new OmniVision onboard computing and communications system. Maptuit Corp.'s NaviGo combines map databases stored on the in-cab system with real-time updates delivered over the Qualcomm satellite communications network.
Maptuit is a truck-specific navigation provider with over 80,000 drivers currently updating road network information in real-time, according to CEO Jeff Papows. “If a driver comes to a bridge that is closed, for instance, he or she can just push a button on the unit to send that information to the system and other drivers then get the benefit right away,” he says.
Starting later this year, Qualcomm will offer the NaviGo service including maps, real-time updates and the airtime to receive those updates for a flat monthly subscription fee per truck. The location-based service integrates with all major dispatch and fuel optimization systems, or can be used with Maptuit standalone fuel and dispatch programs, according to Papows.
Initially the service will offer turn-by-turn routing based on Maptuit's current databases. Real-time weather and traffic conditions will be added to the routing calculations later this year, according to Papows.
Introduced just last year, the OmniVision onboard system will eventually be offered with a wide range of third-party applications that meet Qualcomm standards for stability and ease of integration.
“By working with industry-leading service providers to offer their solutions on the OmniVision platform, we ensure that our customers can draw from a wide pool of expertise and choose the best possible solution for their needs,” says Norm Ellis, VP and GM of global transportation and logistics for Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions.