All-in-One GPS System for Truck Drivers
Princeton, NJ - December 17, 2008 - ALK Technologies today announced PC*MILER Navigator 430, an easy-to-use, portable navigation device designed specifically for owner operators, leased operators and company drivers. Now truckers will have the same kind of straightforward, all-in-one system that motorists have relied upon for years.
PC*MILER Navigator 430 provides spoken truck-specific directions in a lightweight, stand-alone device that is easily attached to a truck windshield. Powered by ALK’s award-winning CoPilot Truck GPS navigation technology, this innovative solution improves safety and reduces operating costs for both drivers and fleets.
The portable PC*MILER Navigator device with built-in GPS antenna and speaker features a 4.3 inch, color touch-screen that displays directions simply and clearly as they are spoken. Upcoming turns are displayed so they can be quickly understood at a glance, and the driver’s attention remains focused on the road. The navigation software and map data are pre-installed - all a driver has to do is turn it on and put it to work.
This professional navigation device provides dock-to-dock directions for the United States and Canada. Its industry-leading map database features over 7 million street-level miles and 850,000 miles of truck restrictions such as bridge clearances, load limits, and dangerous turns. PC*MILER routing options include Practical, Shortest, 53'/102” Trailer, HazMat, National Network, and Toll Avoidance with 13'6” height, 48' length, 80,000 pound weight, and 96” width restrictions. The system also allows users to enter custom vehicle dimensions for optimal routing. No other GPS navigation solution offers such comprehensive truck routing options.
“PC*MILER Navigator leverages 22 years of truck routing expertise and input from our 22,000 transportation and logistics customers,” said Craig Fiander, Vice President, Marketing for PC*MILER Solutions. “The efficiency provided by PC*MILER Navigator makes it a smart investment because fuel costs are and will continue to be a significant issue; plus it eliminates the need for professional drivers to use systems that are not truck-legal.”
PC*MILER Navigator’s spoken directions include actual street names, so instead of hearing “just ahead, turn right,” for example, a driver hears “1 mile ahead, turn right on Hughes Drive.” This added edge can avert wrong turns onto restricted streets or bridges which can be dangerous, expensive, and time-consuming. If PC*MILER Navigator detects that a truck is entering or already on a restricted road, it will immediately warn the driver and recalculate the route.
Getting out of one such situation, or avoiding it altogether, will easily pay for PC*MILER Navigator many times over. Drivers who use PC*MILER Navigator will conservatively reduce avoidable out-of-route, empty and dead-head miles by 20%, and earn more by hauling more loads in less time.
The large PC*MILER Navigator non-glare touch-screen allows drivers to enter up to 50 stops easily. Multi-stop route optimization and various trip planning features allow for routing comparisons and previews. The system also provides trip and fuel-cost estimations that help drivers and dispatchers determine the most profitable loads.
As an added value, the device provides automobile, motorcycle, and RV navigation options for personal and recreational use. The device also acts as a portable entertainment system supporting standard movie, music, and picture file formats. An e-Book reader is also included.
The suggested retail price for PC*MILER Navigator 430 is $349 and there are no on-going subscription fees. It’s available at truck stops across North America including Flying J Travel Plazas, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Petro Stopping Centers, Pilot Travel Centers, and Travel Centers of America (TA). Fleets may purchase directly from ALK Technologies by calling 800-377-6453. For more information, visit www.pcmilernavigator.com.
About ALK Technologies, Inc.
Since 1979, ALK Technologies has developed innovative mobile navigation and transportation technology solutions. ALK’s award-winning CoPilot Live GPS software is the navigation based services platform of choice for mobile operators, hardware OEMs and systems integrators globally. ALK’s PC*MILER routing, mileage and mapping solutions are used by over 22,000 transportation, logistics and manufacturing companies worldwide. For more information on ALK Technologies, visit www.alk.com or www.alk.eu.com.
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