HOS and Navigation Updates

Rand McNally’s TND 760

Rand McNally has released a major new navigation and software update for its line of mobile fleet-management devices, including the HD 100, TND 760, and TPC 7600. With this release, the devices will have access to a full map update and new navigation features, as well as supplementary hours-of-service rules.

The update has been made available over the air to existing customers and will be included on all new devices.

The software release includes an updated road network and more than 50,000 changes that affect routing, restrictions, and clearances. The release also features additional specialty HOS rules for tracking hours – including HOS for motor coaches, for trucks traveling from the U.S. into Canada (HOS Cycle 1), and intrastate rules in three states.

For example, the software addresses the thorny issue of aligning U.S. and Canadian HOS rules. Manually tracking the differences between Canadian and American rules – 70 hours of driving during seven days in Canada vs. 70 hours of driving during eight days in the U.S., plus 13 hours of driving time per day in Canada vs. 11 in the U.S. – is more than a little complicated and time consuming.

Now users can convert their available hours within Canada and the U.S. at the touch of a button, a sizeable benefit to drivers who operate regularly in both countries. They can see precisely what hours are available to them in each country and develop an accurate trip plan with that information. Ultimately, an accurate trip plan results in better customer service, maximized earning potential, and the confidence of running compliant, says Rand McNally.

The software update includes an updated road network and a new ‘Compare Routes’ feature that provides drivers with a primary route and a reasonable alternative on a map for quick review and selection. There are also speed-limit updates across the U.S. and Canada, plus more than 50,000 changes that affect routing – including updates to vertical clearance and weight restrictions, number of axels permitted, and low-ground-clearance railroad crossings.

There are also more than 2000 updates to truck-relevant points of interest such as weigh stations, rest areas/welcome centers, and truck-friendly hotels. The update includes the addition of 157 rest areas and 77 CAT scales.

Other updates include state emergency contact phone numbers, and the latest information on truck-trailer length information.

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