Radio maker Delphi Corp., Pana-Pacific, a distributor of integrated applications and services for the OEM trucking industry, and MobileAria, a subsidiary of Delphi specializing in secured wireless systems and fleet management services, have introduced FleetOutlook, an in-dash onboard computer with fleet management and security capabilities combined with full radio functionality.
The text-to-speech capability allows drivers to listen to incoming messages. Messages from a dispatcher are ‘read’ to the driver over the vehicle’s radio speakers, automatically lowering the radio or CD volume without driver intervention.
With security in mind, FleetOutlook allows managers to require assigned drivers to enter a personal ID number in order to engage the throttle of the vehicle. This prevents vehicle theft as well as assures that drivers take the correct vehicle. The vehicle can idle but cannot move until the proper identification is entered.
Originally developed by a consortium of technology vendors, and known as the Truck Productivity Computer (TruckPC), FleetOutlook has been re-designed to fit all OEM heavy truck radio configurations and offers a choice of either web-based access or integration with existing enterprise systems.
In addition to providing all standard onboard computer offerings such as 2-way communications, GPS tracking and standard RS-232 and USB hardware interfaces, FleetOutlook includes:
- Tri-mode Wireless Communications – Fleets can choose satellite, cellular and/or WLAN (802.11b) wireless data services.
- Professional IT Tool Kit – A web-base GUI interface, the tool kit is available for transportation companies with the necessary IT resources, system knowledge and interest in customization.
- Microsoft Windows CE - This operating system with 166MHz processor allows for a system memory capable of running multiple simultaneous applications.
- Remote over-the-air application configuration – This allows software updates to the vehicle while keeping vehicles in service and on the road.