Trimble’s MileOn offers advanced trip planning

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One of the newest products from Trimble Maps, formerly ALK Technologies, is MileOn, which helps users plan trips that take into account hours of service limitations, traffic, weather and truck stop preferences.

Trimble Maps’ Bill Maddox, speaking at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, says those trip-planning capabilities can increase efficiencies on the road and enhance a driver’s quality of life.

The app facilitates precise on-the-road scheduling, taking into account available hours of service.The app facilitates precise on-the-road  scheduling, taking into account available hours of service.

The Mile-On mobile app projects information from the National Weather Service and Inrix traffic data with any given route plan to help forecast delays and adjust arrival times, he says. The program integrates the user’s hours of service information from an electronic logging device, and is compatible with an ELD from Trimble or another provider.

Accounting for available hours, as well as user-designated preferences such as choosing truck stops by location and available amenities, allows for a highly customized route whose travel time can be reduced or expanded as needed.

Owner-operators can subscribe to MileOn for $3 monthly. A free version that doesn’t integrate hours of service information is also available, Maddox says.

“The core product we’re most known for is PC-Miler,” he says. The truck-specific routing, mileage and mapping tool integrates millions of truck-related attributes, such as bridge height, width and weight restriction. Trimble released version 33 of the product in June.

Trimble Maps also has integrated into Mile-On and other products its Marketplace feature that uses geofencing to more accurately identify entry and exit locations for shippers and receivers, he says.