Developed by Harman Becker and Daimler, the new portable navigation device for trucks is designed to select the optimum route by taking into consideration truck dimensions, trailer data, weight and hazardous goods categories.
Special destinations such as truck stops or truck washes are indicated too. Along with toll points or the workshop and service network for Daimler trucks. These functions are supplemented by a tailback and traffic warning facility with alternative route guidance based on TMC (Traffic Message Channel). The route planning for short-radius distribution even factors in time at the loading ramp into its calculations. The latest map material from leading provider Navteq is also included, while updates can be downloaded at any time from mybecker.com.
So how do this works? Well there is a bewildering choice of portable navigation devices on the market today. However, not all of them are suitable for trucks. So it is important that the navigation device comes with an installation kit that allows it to be fitted in a safe position for driving, as well as software which makes an allowance for the vehicle’s specific profile. Otherwise, drivers could perhaps find themselves stuck under a bridge that is too low or driving down a street that is too narrow.
Here are some of the features:
Remote control or voice control:
Yes, we’re in the 21′st century. The navigation device comes with a remote control. Alternatively, its hands-free system allows it to be voice operated too for greater safety at the wheel. Safety is further enhanced by the professional fitting resulting from the “Actros 2/3″ installation kit.
Portable navigation device can also be used in passenger cars:
One of the big advantages of portable devices is that they and their hands-free system can be used by drivers in a passenger car too. As a result, drivers can keep their familiar navigation aid close to hand at all times.
Further innovations from roof-mounted air conditioning to a reading lamp:
Innovation also includes a roof-mounted air conditioning unit, which can be fitted to the Actros in place of the roof hatch on the Megaspace or L-cab with high roof. The MB Cool Air 800 can be operated by remote control to keep the cab at a pleasant temperature in all situations. Installation kits are likewise available for the Axor and Atego, as is a protective hood to match the air conditioning unit.
Indeed, trucks have come along way from just being bulky. Now they are state of the art.