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11/5/09

NAVIGON gives truckers clever assistants to help them: new special software guides lorries and motorhomes safely to their destination

With this new navigation solution, truckers and motorhome drivers can personalise their routes in over 20 European countries , enabling them to avoid small villages and traffic obstructions from the outset.

NAVIGON 8410_Truck_kleinHamburg, 5 November 2009 — Goods traffic on the roads is continually increasing. In Germany alone, the Federal Ministry for Transport anticipates an increase of around 79 per cent by 2025[1]. Increasing traffic density will also make it more and more challenging for lorry drivers to reach their destination in a reasonable amount of time. But truckers under pressure to meet deadlines are already repeatedly finding themselves manoeuvring in situations that take their toll both on their time and their nerves. NAVIGON is therefore providing lorry drivers with an assistant this year: special lorry navigation software for the new high-end and premium devices in the NAVIGON 6310 and NAVIGON 8410 will help them to avoid obstacles and bridges with a low height clearance.

Personal profile for the ideal truck and caravan route

To find their ideal route, the trucker or caravan driver sets up their personal profile before commencing their journey. To do this, they enter a total of seven different pieces of information into their navigation device. First, they enter the height, width and maximum axle load of their vehicle and vital information on whether the truck is carrying hazardous goods, which can mean that they are not allowed to travel on certain routes. They also enter the vehicle length, specifying whether it is towing a trailer and, if it is, the length of this trailer. They also enter details on the gross weight of the lorry and trailer. This information primarily comes into play if vehicles of a certain weight are not permitted to travel on certain routes. The software works out the ideal route based on all the information. From the outset it avoids roads that the vehicle cannot or is not permitted to travel on, such as narrow side streets or bridges with a low load allowance or low height clearance. Instead, the navigation system finds an optimal, personalised route and guides drivers of larger vehicles via bypasses or suitable bridges.

POIs for truckers

As well as purely providing route information, the software also notifies truckers of over 24,000 points of interest[2]. This includes special information on petrol stations that are open 24 hrs, sanitary facilities and where to do a quick shop. Information on the location of petrol stations that supply special fuel such as HGV diesel, biodiesel mix, additives and HGV pumps (with hydraulically controlled valves) are very important for lorry drivers. The POI list even includes truck washes. Information on the clearance height at a rest stop with undercover filling pump areas or whether there is a pump offering cash-free payment by credit card is also of interest to both motorhome and lorry drivers. “As you can imagine, collecting this kind of data is a very complex process,” says Jörn Watzke, Executive Vice President of Product Line Management at NAVIGON. “The quality of this data is now at such a level as to fulfil our launch standards. However, we are continuing to pull out all the stops to improve and expand these data sets.”

Software with feedback function

Drivers themselves can also optimise their navigation further. The new software includes the NAVIGON MyReport feature. If, whilst on the road, anyone finds an error on a map; new or altered prohibitions, road signs or crossing regulations for trucks; a new route where vehicles transporting hazardous goods are not permitted; changes to maximum height or width clearances; or new regulations regarding the maximum weight for trucks on certain routes, they can enter all this information directly into their device and report it via the NAVIGON Fresh service portal. “With this option, we are emphasising the driver’s role as a feedback provider, which is crucial to us,” stresses Watzke. “Professional drivers in particular have a good eye for road traffic. This way, they can play an active role in continually improving the software data for both themselves and their colleagues.” The lorry software will be available to download in December for the two new NAVIGON 6310 and 8410 devices from the NAVIGON Online Shop and retail market for 129 euros.



[1]For the period 2004 to 2025, source: Forecast of Germany-wide traffic integration 2025. BUVM 2008.

 

[2] Available in: Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine

 
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About NAVIGON:

NAVIGON AG is a world-leading manufacturer of navigation systems. With it own portable navigation systems, and thanks to its partnership with reputable consumer electronics manufacturers, NAVIGON stands for high-quality GPS navigation on pocket PCs, PNDs and mobile phones. NAVIGON also provides professional navigation solutions such as driver-assistance features for the automotive OEM market. NAVIGON was founded in 1991, and employs over 400 workers in locations in Asia, Europe and North America. – NAVIGON. And the world is yours.

 

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