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Magellan

October 03, 2014 15:25 ET

Magellan Expands Fleet Product Line With Android GPS Navigation Device and Application, and Magellan Fleet Manager

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 3, 2014) - Magellan, a leader of innovative GPS devices and content services for vehicles, fitness, outdoor, and mobile navigation, announces the expansion of its fleet product portfolio with the new Magellan RoadMate RC9496T-LMB, an Android GPS truck navigation device optimized for fleet, and the Magellan Fleet Manager desktop tool. The new fleet offerings will be available in fourth quarter 2014.

The Magellan RoadMate RC9496T-LMB is a 7" Android GPS truck navigation device with an HD multi-touch capacitive glass display, and is fleet ready with a serial port, dash mount, and black-box cable. The supplemental Magellan Fleet Manager is a desktop tool that enables central office management of bulk software and map updates, route planning, and SmartGPS Eco cloud content.

The Magellan Android Fleet application, included with the RoadMate RC9496T-LMB and available separately for use on fleet-ready Android devices, provides advanced fleet navigation and protocol support. This includes Hours of Service/Log Book at the device and server level (HOS), and Automatic On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD) capabilities. In addition, time and money saving content sourced from the Magellan SmartGPS Eco cloud provides truckers and fleet managers with real-time, local information on fuel pricing, weather (including five-day forecast and overlays), and IP traffic.

"Magellan is focused on making the lives of fleet drivers, owners, and office personnel as safe, accurate, and efficient as possible," stated Thomas Rasulo, Magellan director of business development for fleet sales. "Our new Android Fleet navigation device and application are designed to do just that. They offer comprehensive fleet and truck navigation solutions by offering the most extensive GPS features available as well as open protocols for easy integration, and real-time content delivered by our SmartGPS Eco cloud."

The Magellan Android Fleet application offers users a host of truck navigation features, including:

  • Customizable Truck Route sets up vehicle profile and calculates routes based on height, weight, width, length, and hazmat restrictions; it guides users according to their route preferences and vehicle profile.
  • Multiple-Stop Routing lets drivers plan their trip with multiple stops in the order they want or automatically optimizes for the most efficient route, helping to save time and money.
  • Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts, sent directly to their GPS unit, lets users plan more precise travel times and ETAs by avoiding traffic jams and other delays.
  • Junction View displays a realistic image of the road and highway signs to help guide drivers to the correct lane that the vehicle needs to be in for safe merging and exiting.
  • Landmark Guidance gives users an easier way to navigate to their destinations by telling them to turn at familiar landmarks, such as gas stations, stores or other large, easily-seen places instead of only street names that may be hard to locate and/or read.
  • Highway Lane Assist helps when navigating complex highway interchanges, ensuring that a driver stays on the correct roadway.
  • Exit POIs indicate where truck stops, food, lodging, rest areas, and weigh stations are located at an approaching exit.
  • Integrated Bluetooth® 4.0 wireless technology allows drivers to safely talk hands free on compatible Bluetooth phones.

The Magellan Android Fleet application is also fleet protocol-support ready. A few of the protocols it supports include:

  • Driving Status Reporting of hours of service (HOS) and state mileage for IFTA fuel logging
  • Automatic On Board Recording (AOBRD)
  • Text message protocols for sending and receiving messages between the driver and office
  • Destination protocols to receive and display new stops sent from the office
  • Estimated time of arrival (ETA) protocols
  • Multi-destination protocols that allow the office to send up to 12 destinations to the driver
  • Status protocols that show up-to-the-minute vehicle location

"Magellan's RoadMate RC9496T-LMB and Android Fleet application provide users with superior flexible configurations," commented Stig Pedersen, Magellan associate vice president, product management. "They can be used together or individually. Likewise, the Magellan Fleet Manager augments the RC9496T-LMB and our Android Fleet application for a complete fleet navigation solution."

The new Android Fleet products complement Magellan's WinCE 5190T-LM fleet navigation device.

Pricing and Availability

The Magellan RoadMate RC9496T-LMB will be available in Q4 through retailers in the U.S. and Canada, and online at www.magellangps.com. It has an MSRP of $399. For additional information about Magellan's fleet products, please request at: Fleet-referral@magellangps.com

Magellan will be demonstrating its new Android Fleet offerings at the 2014 ATA Management Conference Exhibition from October 5-7 at booth #344 in the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA.

About Magellan

Headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, MiTAC Digital Corporation, manufacturer of the Magellan (www.magellangps.com) brand of portable GPS navigation devices, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MiTAC International Corporation. Magellan, the industry leader for innovative GPS navigation devices since 1986, globally markets award-winning products in multiple categories including auto, RV, commercial, outdoor, fitness and mobile. Continuing its spirit of innovation, Magellan is developing new cloud-based technologies, wearables, OEM, and B-to-B solutions to meet the changing needs of today's consumers.

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