MOORHEAD, Minn. — Early customers of Kenworth’s new GPS navigation system are vowing to make it a standard spec’ on future purchases, the company reports.
Jim Elliott, owner of Elliott Transport Systems in Moorehead, Minn. was among the first to purchase the GPS system. He says he’s impressed with the technology and will continue spec’ing the system in the future.
“Youre never lost,” Elliott says. “If we miss a turn without a system, we drive around trying to find where we need to go and that uses time and wastes fuel. I’m planning on ordering 10 more Kenworth trucks this fall, and I’ll have the Kenworth GPS navigation system put in each one of them.”
The GPS system is available on selected Class 8 models and is standard on the Diamon cab interior. It helps reduce out-of-route miles, improving driver productivity, the company says. Drivers no longer have to call shippers and terminals for directions.
“One of the navigation system’s nicest features is that it talks to us as we’re approaching our destination,” says Elliott, whose fleet operates about 70 trucks. “When we’re driving a long tractor and a 53-foot trailer, we don’t need more distractions. The system tells us exactly where to go.”
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