MATS: Kenworth in-dash system more than navigation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kenworth unveiled its new NavPlus system, and as the name suggests it’s designed to do a lot more than just offer truck-specific navigation.

The Kenworth NavPlus is a PACCAR proprietary navigation and entertainment technology system for Class 5-8 trucks and was on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

The NavPlus is a factory-installed, in-dash system designed for life on the road. The system features truck-specific navigation, vehicle data, hands-free phoning, audio controls (including satellite radio, AM/FM, CD, MP3 and USB), camera inputs, roadside assistance, and optional Internet access.

With a touch of the high-resolution, seven-inch color screen, the driver has quick and easy access to these features. The system has 8GB of memory.

“This new cutting edge system provides powerful in-cab features, such as true truck navigation by Garmin, communication, diagnostics, and infotainment technologies that enhance truck productivity and the driving experience,” said Preston Feight, Kenworth chief engineer.

Developed on the award-winning Windows Embedded Automotive software platform, Kenworth NavPlus can be updated and its features and functionality set expanded over time. NavPlus is standard on all premium trim offerings and optional for all other trim levels.

Here’s a closer look at some key features:

Truck Operating Information
Six virtual gauges provide current information on truck operation. Oil temperature, transmission temperature, manifold boost, current and average fuel economy, diesel particulate filter (DPF) status and fuel pressure come pre-loaded. NavPlus uses the commercial vehicle J1939 SAE standard for communication, full vehicle monitoring (including hybrid system status) and diagnostics. The system is fully compatible with the Kenworth Electronic Service Analyst (ESA), a computer-base diagnostics tool which simplifies troubleshooting.

Kenworth NavPlus offers truck-optimized navigation routes from Garmin customized to a specific truck and its load. The system effectively navigates routes based on truck type, load, height, weight, length and hazardous load restrictions information entered by the fleet or driver. Drivers receive voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, and up-to-the-minute alerts on traffic conditions.

NavPlus integrates Bluetooth wireless technology with a built-in microphone and speaker. Drivers can pair it with their compatible Bluetooth phone and talk hands-free. The system, which is fully voice-recognition enabled, logs phone calls, imports contact information, and enables text messaging for those using a Bluetooth device.

An optional cellular modem is available for easy connectivity, which makes it simple to send and receive e-mail, contact the office, and check the Internet, all while parked.

Kenworth NavPlus features AM/FM/Weather bands, satellite radio capability for commercial-free programming cross country, CD player, USB port for memory devices containing MP3 or audio files, auxiliary MP3 player hookup, iPod capability, and Bluetooth wireless audio streaming from Bluetooth-enabled devices.


Kenworth NavPlus also features video input ports that allow for customer installation of up to four video cameras. The driver can use the camera technology to get a real-time screen view as an aid when backing up or changing lanes.

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