The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for all professional drivers who use sat navs to be compelled to use commercial models following a “fresh catalogue of chaos on the nation’s roads”.
The Trucker sat nav from TomTom is designed to stop lorries, trucks and vans getting wedged down narrow country lanes – by diverting them away from unsuitable roads. Truck and van drivers can input their vehicle’s length, width, height, weight and maximum permitted speed. The sat nav will then plan a route that avoids winding rural roads and low hanging bridges.
Through award-winning TomTom Traffic and advanced routing technology, truckers and van drivers get a realistic ETA based on vehicle profile and real-time traffic information. The TomTom Trucker informs drivers about traffic and speed cameras on their route. The information is displayed in the route bar on the device, making users aware of the position of speed cameras and also the back end of traffic jams. These services are via a built-in SIM card, so there are no roaming charges.
The maps can be updated free of charge four times per year. Other features include Advance Lane Guidance, which clearly shows which lane to take at junctions, and Speak & Go, which allows the driver to control the device with their voice.