Enhancements Make PeopleNet In-Cab Navigation Easier for Drivers and Back Office to Use, Fleets to Reduce Out-of-Route Miles
New user interface, route compliance tools, and detailed arrival location information boost driver efficiency
MINNEAPOLIS, November 9, 2011 — PeopleNet®, a leading provider of innovative and integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems for effective fleet management, today announced enhancements for its In-Cab Navigation, powered by Maptuit® NaviGo™, that make it easier for both drivers and back-office personnel to use. According to PeopleNet COO Brian McLaughlin, “These enhancements are based on driver feedback and fleet requests, reflecting the pursuit of continuous improvement to meet user needs shared by Maptuit and PeopleNet. Efficiency is job number one, and the new route compliance and map details provide valuable information that help drivers save time by pinpointing exact arrival locations that meet customer guidelines and more, and fleets save money by reducing out-of-route miles.”
Yard Shaper is a new feature that helps the back office make routing decisions for directing drivers to the correct entrance and delivery spot. It outlines the shape of an arrival point within a large area and identifies the position within the location. Drivers know exactly where to enter the delivery area, where to park and where to exit. Custom notes associated with a yard or customer location may be available to the driver either in the form of a graphical or spoken command. For example, as the driver approaches a location, NaviGo can verbally direct the driver to the appropriate loading dock.
Also, PeopleNet and Maptuit have built additional back-office integration to allow fleets to identify out-of-route mileage by matching actual driven location data with prescribed routes, thereby flagging cases of non-compliant driving. By providing tools to analyze these situations, fleets can quickly identify route compliance issues by vehicle and driver, and make corrections to reduce costly extra driven miles. Fleets drive fewer miles, reduce accident risks, and save money and time.
New usability improvements based on driver feedback also have been incorporated into version 3.3: preview improvements that provide drivers a more complete view of their routes, a direction arrow, decision points, stop details, estimated drive time between stops, road names with numbers and more. The “Route Preview” function enables a route sent through PeopleNet’s integrated Automated Workflow to be displayed on the device along with the route stops and driving directions for each. The new “Recent Searches” button provides the ability to save time routing to regular stops. Drivers now can make changes to the vehicle type, HAZMAT class and route preference (time vs. mileage sensitive). They also can more easily provide feedback that helps keep the routing software up to date. Pressing the new “Mark-It” button marks the time, date, and approximate location where it was pressed. After completing their route, drivers can select the “Feedback” button and one of the marked locations to enter feedback, or they can select “General Feedback” to provide generic product or route feedback. More than 100,000 drivers send feedback regularly.
Available on the PeopleNet BLU® and PeopleNet TABLET® onboard computing platforms, PeopleNet In-Cab Navigation, powered by Maptuit NaviGo, calculates the least costly, door-to-door route while delivering drivers the most up-to-date directions to any destination, and providing live moving maps. In addition to reducing out-of-route miles, it also helps drivers avoid tolls and improves safety by providing routes with only truck-approved roads.
PeopleNet is exclusively focused on providing innovative Internet-based and integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems to improve North America’s trucking industry’s fleet management. Its products are used by nearly 1,500 truckload, LTL, private, and service fleets in the United States and Canada, including several Fortune 500 companies. Reputed for its customer-driven technological innovation, unparalleled flexibility, and proactive customer care, PeopleNet was the first major technology provider to offer Internet-based communications to the transportation industry 15 years ago. Since then, the company has aggressively developed new products that continue to improve fleet management. Industry recognition of the company’s leadership includes: Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award, Inbound Logistics Top 100 Award; Food Logistics’ 100 Top Technology Solutions and Service Providers; Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Award; and M2M Value Chain Award. PeopleNet is part of Trimble's® (NASDAQ: TRMB) international Transportation and Logistics division. For more information about PeopleNet and its products, call (888) 346-3486, or visit www.peoplenetonline.com.
About Maptuit Corporation
Founded in 1999, Maptuit Corporation is the leader in truck-specific, connected navigation. The Company's leadership in map data, patented routing algorithms and real time update and delivery capabilities has been validated by the most demanding drivers on the road – over 100,000 truckers rely on Maptuit as the partner of choice to commercial fleets, including 4 of the largest fleets in the nation. NaviGo™, Maptuit's full screen text-to-speech and moving map navigation application, leverages the industry's most accurate and customizable truck specific routing and the most up to date road network, updated daily, to help trucking companies lower operating costs by reducing both out of route miles and accidents. For more information please visit www.maptuit.com.