TND Tablet for Pro Drivers

Rolf Lockwood

Rand McNally, saying that it’s answering calls for “one device that does it all,” has launched the TND tablet. It marries the company’s TND truck-specific GPS device with an Android tablet pre-loaded with trucking applications and access to the Android marketplace.

Priced at US$499, the in-cab device is designed to serve drivers on the road, in their mobile offices, and with their lives in general. The new tablet brings together tools that drivers need while operating their vehicles – such as truck-specific routing, mileage tracking, and an on-board dash cam – plus pre-loaded applications to help manage the business of driving like document scanning, load matching, and book-keeping assistance. And, since the device is on the Android platform, it enables drivers to check e-mail, keep up with social media, and download entertainment on a sharp, 8-in. screen.

The new tablet provides all the features and functionality of the IntelliRoute TND GPS.

On the road, as well as navigation, it offers the company’s TripMaker planning tool that allows drivers to create a trip on the tablet and then push the route to the TND on the tablet for routing. There’s also an eBook edition of  Rand McNally’s Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas, an onboard dash cam that records video of the road ahead, and an option to use the tablet for E-logs, when paired with the HD 100 extra-cost subscription service.

For business, the TND tablet includes apps from industry-known providers, each with special Rand McNally-only offerings: like Fuel Manager, from Let’s Truck, said to offer easy, efficient, tank-by-tank tracking of fueling costs (including partials) and mileage. It should help drivers learn how to improve their trucks’ fuel performance.

There Profit Gauges, also from Let’s Truck, an accounting/bookkeeping system for owner-operators and company drivers alike, with overview screens for a quick business assessment, profit-and-loss statements, plus month-end and tax reporting.

The Truck It Smart load board allows real-time access for posting and searching loads or trucks.

As well, Transflo Mobile+ provides a one-stop solution to speed cash flow and optimize communications between carriers, brokers, and drivers by allowing scanning and submission of documents on the go (including accident and claims documents) using the tablet’s built-in camera.

And Wi-Fi connectivity allows drivers to access additional applications in the Rand McNally market, check e-mail, and download movies and entertainment for use when off-duty.

The device itself features a magnetic, commercial-grade powered mount with an additional GPS antenna, ensuring that the navigation experience is superior, the company says. The rugged mount allows for the tablet to be removed easily for use at a truckstop, home, or in the bunk.

The company says the tablet’s 8-in. high-definition screen is its brightest screen yet, with pinch and zoom functionality.

The tablet is also compatible with rear or side-view cameras, sold separately.

Rolf Lockwood

Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to Trucknews.com.

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