Truck stop computers let drivers keep in touch

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EDMONTON, Alta. — A new invention at West Edmonton Truckland is putting a wealth of information at truckers’ fingertips, and so far it’s been a big hit with drivers.

A user-friendly computer has been installed, which gives truckers immediate access to weather forecasts, traffic reports, e-mail, route options, bridge heights and local businesses.

There’s even a built-in laser printer that allows drivers to print e-mail messages, driving directions to their next destination or coupons to local businesses.

And the best thing about it, according to Edmonton developer Dave Fenn, is that users don’t need to be computer savvy as they just have to touch menu items on the screen to navigate through the system.

“One trucker said he could get the same weather information from Environment Canada but would have to stay on the phone for 15 minutes,” Fenn tells local media.

The system is advertising-driven, and the developers plan to install them in Calgary and Ontario truck stops soon.

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