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TomTom GPS app now features truck plan

TomTom has introduced the GO Navigation truck plan – an offer the company says is designed to meet the needs of professional truck drivers.

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According to TomTom, the truck plan enables drivers to plan routes that account for their vehicle’s dimensions, fuel requirements, desired maximum speeds and cargo (such as dangerous goods).

Drivers will also be able to plan multiple drop-offs and gain access to an overview of upcoming points of interest (POIs) – such as fuel stations suitable for their vehicle and truck stops.

These truck- specific additions work in conjunction with the app’s existing navigation features, including lane guidance, live traffic and the Route Bar – a snapshot of the route, stops, relevant alerts and restrictions ahead.

In a statement concerning the announcement, TomTom’s Pim Spaanderman described the truck navigation as a “game changer”:

“Truck navigation on mobile is a game changer. The new plan is a result of TomTom’s long-standing relationship with professional drivers. After years of experience with truck-specific sat navs, we understand this industry’s biggest pain-points, so we were able to develop a solution that fills the gap left by the generic navigation offerings found in other apps.”

The company also claims the GO Navigation’s truck plan user interface is designed to minimize distractions and keep attention on the road.

In addition, by accounting for factors like vehicle size and cargo type, the plan helps professional drivers “stay up to speed with ever-changing road regulations – such as avoiding prohibited routes and complying with UN Class restrictions.”

TomTom says this will also soon account for measures like low emission zones.

Luke Cuss, one of TomTom’s trucking ambassadors, had the following to say about the release:

“As a third-generation truck driver, I can say with some confidence that this addition couldn’t come sooner. Having TomTom’s large-vehicle navigation features right there on an app is a big win for the trucking community. The job gets challenging at times, sure, and changing traffic conditions and regulations can be hard to keep up with – but this plan will help us stay on top of all that, meaning we can focus on the road ahead, enjoy the ride and stay on schedule.”

GO Navigation’s truck plan is available now for Android users on the Google Play Store. To mark the launch, TomTom is offering 50% off to those who subscribe for the plan over the next two weeks.