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Peterbilt Steps Up to the Plate with Upgrades toSmartNav

April 22, 2013 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Equipment, Technology

Peterbilt Motors Co. has enhanced and expanded SmartNav, its proprietary navigation, information and entertainment system with such new features as expanded audio controls and 10 new virtual gauges.New gauges that come standard include engine oil temperature and transmission temperature.

The list of optional virtual gauges includes popular selections such as Air Filter Restriction, Fuel Filter Restriction, Suspension Load Pressure, Brake Application Pressure, Front and Rear Axle Oil Temperature, and an Ammeter.

Bill Kozek, Peterbilt’s general manager and vice president, said the SmartNav system provides commercial drivers with operational information, navigation and infotainment features. As an example, the new high-resolution touch screen is scratch-resistant and can be used with gloves on, enabling drivers to operate the system without having to pull their gloves on and off.

SmartNav also offers important user interface capabilities and vehicle interface read-outs, including audible and visual alerts and notifications. There is Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, vehicle diagnostics, as well as multiple entertainment options.

Other new capabilities include dead reckoning — which helps maintain the truck’s location when positioned in areas where the satellite signal is blocked, such as tunnels and urban environments — and increased availability of typical audio functions while in motion.

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