PeopleNet has made a series of enhancements to its BLU driver-display platform as part of its Fall 2008 product release. Some of them were announced when BLU was launched last year, while others resulted from customer feedback and suggestions. The platform features touch-screen technology, open integration tools, and considerable computer power.

The enhancements include text-to-speech capability, enabling drivers to hear as well as read content on the BLU display. That content can be anything from dispatch instructions to personal email.

With one finger on BLU’s 7-inch touch screen, driver shortcuts allow quick navigation to displays such as the 8-day driver-log summary, e-mail inbox, or log-out and change-driver screens. The driver can program up to seven such shortcuts.

There are new safe-mode options as well. Fleets can choose to make selected BLU functions unavailable while a truck is in motion, keeping driver attention on the road. They can be configured on individual units.

With in-cab navigation, drivers can now view and listen to turn-by-turn directions powered by Maptuit.


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