New Upgrade for PacTrac Telematics System Offers New Interface for Drivers

Tue March 11, 2008 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

PacTrac BLU, a new display that is an added advantage to PacLease’s PacTrac telematics system that utilizes GPS technology, is now available from Paccar Leasing Company.

The new upgrade is designed from the ground up to provide a new, intuitive interface for drivers. The 7-in., full-color display is easy to read and can impart information quickly at a glance or in very fine detail as needed, according to the manufacturer.

BLU brings definitive audio and video capability to the truck cab, making it possible to deliver information to the driver with multimedia impact.

Besides providing a driver communication and business tool, PacTrac BLU provides the computing power and open platform development tools to meet the operational needs of commercial, private or utility fleets.

“PacTrac BLU will change the way drivers interact with their onboard technology. It can help fleets to attract and retain qualified drivers while making their lives safer and more efficient. PeopleNet and PacLease are committed to bringing high value, customer-driven technology solutions to the marketplace and BLU takes this commitment to a whole new level” said Brian McLaughlin, executive vice president of PeopleNet.

“We are excited about the release of BLU for our customers who seek additional functionality,” said Bob Southern, PacLease president.

“Upgrading to BLU will provide a better platform to support an increase of applications that improve the in-cab experience for the driver.”

In the near future, PacTrac BLU will deliver spoken, turn-by-turn directions, which are simultaneously shown on a moving map display. New stops and other changes can be made to routes in real time.

Going forward, PacTrac BLU will support text-to-speech applications that will enable drivers to hear text messages in an easily understood voice and multiple languages.

PacTrac reduces customer operating costs, improves productivity and enhances service in private fleet logistics, according to the manufacturer.

The PacTrac system was developed exclusively for PacLease by PeopleNet.

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