A Web-based version of TruckMAIL, a two-way satellite communications and tracking service designed for smaller fleets, has been released by Qualcomm Inc. The new service, iTruckMAIL, combines easy Internet access with the original service's standard features, including street-level mapping, free-form messaging, and vehicle position reporting.
While the original service uses a proprietary network as the land link between vehicles and their fleet base, the new version lets dispatchers and others communicate with their drivers using any Internet connection and a Web browser. The Internet option will make it easier to get the service up and running, while also allowing for multiple user connectivity and multiple platform access. Both new customers and current TruckMAIL users will be offered the option of switching to the Internet version, according to Qualcomm.
Online routing, mileage and mapping services for commercial trucks are available at eMILER.com, a new subscription-based Internet service from ALK Assocs. The new web service offers most of the core features of ALK's PC superscript*Miler software, generating multi-stop, truck-usable routes in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico with detailed driving instructions, full-color maps and state mileage summaries.
Truckload carrier CFI is offering all of its drivers no-cost access to PNV services, including in-cab local and long distance telephone, cable TV and Internet access. The Joplin, Mo., fleet, which operates over 2,000 tractors, is equipping all six of its terminals with PNV outlets. Parked drivers can simply plug into the outlets to access all of the PNV services.
Kenworth has placed its accessories catalog on the Internet, allowing users to search online for accessories, view products and find part numbers. The catalog, which does not support online ordering, contains more than 30 product lines.