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PacLease offering new upgrade for PacTrac telematics system

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- PACCAR Leasing Company (PacLease) has announced the availability of PacTrac BLU. This new displa...

BELLEVUE, Wash. — PACCAR Leasing Company (PacLease) has announced the availability of PacTrac BLU. This new display is an addition for PacLease’s PacTrac telematics system that utilizes GPS technology, a network of over 100 wireless carriers, and an Internet connection to deliver real-time data directly from the vehicles.

The new upgrade is designed to provide a new, intuitive interface for drivers. The seven-inch, full-colour display is designed to be easy to read and give information quickly at a glance or in very fine detail as needed. BLU brings definitive audio and video capability to the truck cab, making it possible to deliver information to the driver with multimedia impact.

Officials say PacTrac BLU can provide the computing power and open platform development tools to meet and exceed the operational needs of virtually any commercial, private or utility fleet.

“PacTrac BLU will change the way drivers interact with their onboard technology. It can help fleets to attract and retain qualified drivers while making their lives safer and more efficient. PeopleNet and PacLease are committed to bringing high value, customer-driven technology solutions to the marketplace and BLU takes this commitment to a whole new level” said Brian McLaughlin, executive vice-president of PeopleNet.

“We are excited about the release of BLU for our customers who seek additional functionality,” said Bob Southern, PacLease president. “Upgrading to BLU will provide a better platform to support an increase of applications that improve the in-cab experience for the driver.”

In the near future, PacTrac BLU will deliver spoken, turn-by-turn directions, which are simultaneously shown on a moving map display, officials said. New stops and other changes can be made to routes in real time. Going forward, PacTrac BLU will support text-to-speech applications that will enable drivers to hear text messages in an easily understood voice and multiple languages according to PacLease.

The PacTrac system was developed exclusively for PacLease by PeopleNet.

BLU will be available before the end of 2007. Many partner applications will be available early in 2008.

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