PHOENIX. Two weeks after announcing its investment in DriverTech, Rand McNally unveiled future enhancements for the TruckPC mobile fleet management solution at the American Trucking Assns. s Management Conference and Exhibition here.
Rand McNally Truck PC, powered by DriverTech, uses Rand McNally's IntelliRoute TND truck navigation on DriverTech's secure, on-board computing platform.
According to RandMcNally, enhancements to TruckPC include:
- New navigation software – Features of Rand McNally's IntelliRoute TND navigation will be resident on the in-cab device, including enhanced driver warnings, updated road data, and Rand McNally's proprietary trucking data.
- Improved hardware performance – Integration of a solid-state hard drive will improve reliability and provide a longer life span. A faster processor and up to 2G of memory will enable faster performance and more storage on the device.
- New features – The addition of TruckPC Workflow, a way to manage the driver's daily tasks, will provide interactive updates from the cab to the back office. Multi-media capabilities and a customizable process allow documents such as bills of lading, instructional videos, and other details to be shared with drivers. Workflow will ensure that drivers are consistently executing company or customer directives, and will increase driver efficiency by simplifying non-driving tasks.
- Migration to new Windows embedded standard 7 – Continuing to utilize the Windows embedded platform assures customers an easy integration path to other software and logistics packages.
The new features are expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter 2011, the company said.
"This set of enhancements is just the first in the pipeline and illustrates the synergy of the Rand McNally-DriverTech partnership," said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally. "DriverTech's robust in-cab computing technology and Rand McNally's industry leading navigation and proprietary truck specific road data, will enable a whole new generation of communication between driver and fleet."