GPS and navigation technology nowadays has found a number of ways to be creatively incorporated and used with existing technology. However, with so many brands offering these products at competitive prices, it can become quite tedious to select from the many available if you don’t know what you’re looking for on the device.
GPS and navigation systems, designed for trucking corporations and vehicles to keep track of their fleet are particularly advanced and offer a multitude of features. Here are the things you should consider while buying a truck GPS and navigation system.
Different types of tracking options: Passive and active tracking are the two types of tracking options you get for your truck navigation. Passive tracking compiles all the GPS data after the trips and can be uploaded onto office servers only when the vehicle is stationary at a hotspot point. Active tracking is real-time tracking which also syncs the data to the servers on a second by the second basis for some of the high-end GPS and navigation systems. Connected to the satellite and modem system, active tracking is preferred even if it might cost you more but will be worth the investment.
Tyes of GPS and navigation systems: Be it a truck or car GPS, technological advancements have made it very easy for major brands to upgrade and offer different types of designs, utility systems, compact systems, elaborate GPS setups for your fleet and more. Portability also plays a major role when it comes to GPS systems which is why these factors should be taken into account for the price of these systems.
Quality mapping: Accurate location and navigation is just one part of GPS systems. Truckers will travel across states into different types of cargo permit zones and even some restricted access routes. Updated GPS maps are the only way to ensure a most effective route which can be pre-planned before the journey. Moreover, the GPS and navigation system should feature zoom options, street view, bird’s eye view with real-time tracking and location accuracy to determine the most favorable driving conditions.
Clear guidance and accident updates: Clear guidance comes very handy when you happen to be driving a very heavy rig truck which needs extra clearance from above and from the sides. High-value cargo vehicles will be heavy rigs, which may not be able to pass through certain under bridges and small-town routes, which is why road clearance updates and information can be very useful for the same. For dangerous terrain and mountain routes, accident updates in real time can come in very handy. Hazard zones such as landslides, unpaved terrain with weight limits and similar driving scenarios can be quite challenging without your GPS and navigation system. These timely updates will ensure a safe ride throughout to deliver goods.
GPS software: Hardware components will be standardized for most high-end GPS and navigation systems available in the market. However, it is also important to look into the software configurations and find out if the current interface suits your purpose and driving needs. The best GPS tracking systems come with advanced management capabilities and additional features, which will again depend on how much you are willing to spend.
Mobile compatibility: GPS and navigation systems which can be integrated with smartphones are the ones you need to look out for. Smartphones will enable you to track every detail of your trip right from your current location in real-time and also data about the other trucks in your fleet. If you own more than one truck, it is advisable to find GPS systems which can be connected and synced with your phone, which will also keep an activity log throughout to track and manage multiple shipments and deadlines. Manage your fleet from the comfort of your phone without worrying.