TomTom’s Business Solutions unit  has unveiled a new navigation device. The PRO 7150, dedicated to commercial vehicle fleets, is claimed to offer improved route guidance and faster route calculation.

It features lifetime traffic updates and ‘IQ Routes’, which evaluates routes based on actual traffic speeds rather than posted speed limits to recommend the fastest route for the time of day and provide more accurate arrival times. The device also features maps of the U.S., Canada and Mexico with lifetime updates. And with Eco Routes, drivers are guided with fuel efficiency in mind, saving money as well as reducing environmental impact.

The new device has a 5-inch, capacitive touch screen and a brighter display, the company says. It’s also claimed to offer more intuitive software and easy map viewing so fleet drivers can navigate through menu screens with just a swipe of the finger. As well, a new click-and-lock mount secures the device.

Other features include Bluetooth hands-free calling and voice recognition to operate the device with verbal commands.

The TomTom Worksmart feature means the PRO 7150 offers connectivity to allow for easy fleet management and access to ‘Live’ Services offering traffic and weather information, among others. Worksmart functionality includes vehicle tracking, job dispatch, time management, eco driving and management reporting and is available via a TomTom Webfleet subscription.

It will be available in Q2 2011 with a recommended retail price of US$399.95.

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