Lorry-friendly sat-nav available from FTA

Friday 20 November 2009

Lorries hitting low bridges could be a thing of the past thanks to a satellite navigation unit designed specifically for lorry drivers. The TomTom GO 7000, which is now available from leading trade body the Freight Transport Association (FTA), makes it possible for trucks to avoid narrow roads, low bridges and unsuitable routes, hopefully bringing to an end familiar stories of lorry drivers coming unstuck after using sat-nav units designed for cars.

FTA policy manager James Firth said:

“It was over two years ago that FTA challenged the satellite navigation industry to develop a product aimed at HGVs. The result is a product that is more appropriate for HGVs and will help drivers to avoid obstacles on their delivery routes, saving money and time and preventing chaos along our urban and rural road networks. It also has a greater bias for motorways and major roads meaning it will tend not to send large vehicles down small country lanes even where there is no statutory restriction.”

All drivers have to do is enter their vehicle’s weight and dimensions into the unit and it will plan a route based on appropriate clearance heights, weight restrictions, speed restrictions and problematic sharp turns. The unit can be adapted to suit a variety of different size vehicles, and a map share function allows drivers to make corrections to their map by adding their own access restriction information.

For those who already have a TomTom GO unit, a Truck Navigation SD card is available on its own, which enables drivers to turn their existing unit into one which is appropriate for trucks.

Firth concluded:

“However impressive the technology there can be no substitute for common sense. Drivers should not just rely on sat-nav instructions to make their decisions for them, but should pay attention to other indicators, like road and bridge signs.”

The TomTom GO 7000 truck navigation solution is available from Shopfta at £379 plus VAT; alternatively the SD card is available on its own for £139 plus VAT. For further information go to Shopfta at www.shop.fta.co.uk or call 08717 11 11 11.

Notes for editors

In March 2009 Norman Baker MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Transport identified 20 routes in England and Wales which he considered were having heavy goods vehicles directed along them inappropriately by satellite navigational aids. For the routes tested the TomTom unit suggests a satisfactory alternative route for all but one of those identified by Mr Baker.

The SD card is compatible with the following models from the TomTom GO range of Satellite Navigation Solutions - GO520/GO530/GO720/GO730/GO920/GO930 and GO7000.

The TomTom Go 7000 can form part of the TomTom WORK Active solution that consists of three integrated products which when used together give you the ultimate connected navigation tool. It combines navigation with two-way communication, tracking and tracing, order management and reporting to provide a web-based vehicle management service (subscription required). For further information please visit www.shop.fta.co.uk and complete the online enquiry form.


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