Rand McNally, a company that produces GPS units as well as mileage and routing software for the transportation market, recently took the wraps off of a new Android-powered tablet designed specifically to meet the needs of truckers. Called the TND Tablet, the device packs route-planning tools, truck-specific navigation software, and can even act as a dash cam.
The biggest draw of this device for truckers is the included software. From Rand McNally:
The TND™ Tablet brings together solutions drivers need while operating their vehicles – such as truck-specific routing, mileage tracking, and an on-board dash cam – plus pre-loaded applications to help manage the business of driving – such as document scanning, load matching, and book-keeping assistance. And, since the device is on the Android platform, it enables drivers to check email, keep up with social media, and download entertainment – all on a sharp, eight-inch screen.
As far as tech specs are concerned, the TND tablet packs a 1.5GHz Cortex A7 quad core processor, 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera, and a 1280 x 800 8-inch display — all running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. These specs obviously aren't going to blow you away, but they don't necessarily have to given the purpose of the device.
As an added bonus, a nifty magnetic mount that packs an additional GPS antenna is also included in the box. If you're an interested party, the TND tablet comes in at $500 from truck stops as well as travel centers. Rand McNally says that the device will also be available from select online retailers, but we aren't seeing it as of this writing.
Source: Rand McNally (PRNewswire)