Zonar’s new 2020 telematics tablet

Zonar says its new ‘2020’ telematics tablet will “revolutionize the transportation industry.” It’s said to be the first portable device to manage electronic inspection, hours-of-service, and fuel efficiency while offering instant driver feedback, two-way messaging and advanced commercial navigation. An all-in-one device by the sound of things, it’s also an open platform so fleets can readily integrate other systems and customize its use.

As well as native applications, 2020 users have a ton of app flexibility to customize the tablet to their unique needs, not least because it uses the Android operating system. That provides an easy medium to develop customized 2020 apps to collect additional fleet data, the company says, which users can do on their own or engage Zonar to do it for them.

The 2020, which links to the Zonar-designed Daimler Trucks North America’s Virtual Technician, ensures inspection compliance and can streamline repairs with Zonar’s Electronic Vehicle Inspection Report (EVIR) system. Drivers use the 2020’s built-in RFID reader to scan tags placed at each vehicle inspection point. They identify component conditions using the on-screen QWERTY keyboard and can send pictures of defects with the completed report. All inspection information is available to fleet and maintenance managers through the web-based Ground Traffic Control application.

Zonar’s ZLogs is an hours-of-service application that also aids compliance. Drivers can easily view available hours, update duty status, and electronically submit service records through the 2020 tablet. It meets the US DOT standards in 49 CFR Part 395.15.

The 2020 also provides two-way messaging, including in-boxes, message templates, and a grouping function for sending messages to specific groups of vehicles. Received addresses from two-way messaging can be tapped and opened up in the 2020 navigation program for accurate turn-by-turn directions.

With CoPilot Truck navigation developed by ALK Technologies on the 2020, drivers can calculate optimal truck-specific routes based on their truck’s dimensions, routing parameters, and load-specific information (including hazmat categories) without the need for off-board computations. Up-to-date, street-level maps of the U.S. and Canada — enhanced with PC*Miler truck-specific attributes – are stored on-board the 2020. There are color-coded traffic alerts and over 7 million points of interest stored on-board the 2020.

The navigation dashboard displays an hours-of-service clock and miles-per-gallon reading.

The 2020 includes 16GB NAND flash storage memory, 7-in. widescreen touch display, SD/MMC card slot, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, video recording capability, in-cab training, Bluetooth, and even a built-in flashlight. Cost is in the US$500 range.

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