Kenworth introduces hands-free communication system
January 23, 2012
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- In an effort to reduce distracted driving and comply with hands-free calling legislation for drivers in both Canada and the US, Kenworth has announced the introduction of its NavPlus multi-function communication system.
KIRKLAND, Wash. — In an effort to reduce distracted driving and comply with hands-free calling legislation for drivers in both Canada and the US, Kenworth has announced the introduction of its NavPlus multi-function communication system.
“Communication is still vitally important to drivers, and Kenworth NavPlus fully complies with US federal and Canadian provincial regulations by offering hands-free cell phone calls via Bluetooth connections and voice commands,” said Michelle Harry, Kenworth special projects marketing manager.
NavPlus offers hands-free phone capability, true-truck navigation, iPod and MP3 integration, diagnostics, gauges, camera inputs and a host of other features. NavPlus is standard equipment on Kenworth Class 8 trucks ordered with the premium interior package, and is available as an option on all Kenworth trucks.
“Once drivers see and use NavPlus, they’ll have a hard time going back to a truck without the system,” said Harry. “It’s that driver friendly and is loaded with tools that help make driving easier, safer and more productive.”
Harry also said the calling capabilities of Kenworth NavPlus and integration with Bluetooth phones are similar to what you’d find in luxury automobiles. “We set up NavPlus so it’s easy to import contacts automatically from your cell phone,” she said. “Once imported, a driver merely uses voice commands to make calls. The system also logs phone calls for easy reference and callbacks, and the built-in microphone and speaker are clear and distortion free.”
Kenworth officials also said the NavPlus can remember and work with up to 10 Bluetooth devices, since many trucks are used in slip seat operations, or with driver teams.
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