Smart Driving

Max Kvidera | March 01, 2011

Cost is $399 for the 5-inch TND 500 and $499 for the 7-inch TND 700.

CoPilot Live Truck Version 8

Available for laptop computers running Windows 7 or XP and mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and Android, this new version offers features also found on the PCMiler Navigator. New features include live search of local addresses and live weather en route or at the destination.

An option is Active Traffic, which displays traffic incidents and uses the routing engine to create new alternate routes around the delays. The premium bundle costs $9.99 a month for a 12-month subscription.

This new truck version provides enhanced graphics and 3D map displays. It costs $149.99.

PCMiler Navigator

Software developer ALK Technologies introduced three new models in 2010 for the widely used device, with screen sizes ranging from 4.3 inches to 7 inches. With the new Least Cost Routing feature you can create most-efficient routes based on fuel-, time- and operating-cost settings. The feature also calculates estimated greenhouse gas emissions.

The new MapSure mapping service enables customers to download map updates quarterly and submit new or missing addresses to the database. Lane Assist provides specific information about the proper lane for upcoming exits, and Clear Turn technology displays turning information for complex intersections and highway exits. The new 50 series devices also have expanded points of interest information, such as truckstops, to more than 7 million.

“The live information will offer live fuel price data to determine closest and cheapest fuel prices,” says Dan Titus, ALK Business Development vice president.

Prices for the new models range from $299 to $449. If you own a previous model, you can turn it in for credit toward purchase of a new model, because old versions can’t be upgraded with the latest applications. You’ll receive a $100 credit for your current Navigator, working or broken, to buy 450 or 550 models, or a $50 credit for other brands of routing devices toward purchase of a 450.

Garmin Nuvi 465T

This device features information from the National Truck & Trailer Services Breakdown Directory covering more than 30,000 repair facilities and towing services in the continental United States and Canada.

Like many of the competing products, this device can be customized to incorporate rig-specific information such as height, weight, length and hazardous materials restrictions.

The device comes standard with subscription-free lifetime traffic alerts for most major metro areas from map provider NAVTEQ Traffic. It will alert drivers of traffic delays and road construction. “With truck-specific points of interest, it’s easier to look up where you need to go and the best route to take to get there,” says spokesperson Carly Baltes.

The price, including lifetime traffic data, is $349.99.