Under the Hood of Rand McNally’s IntelliRoute TND 500 - Truck Navigation Device
In August, Rand McNally introduced a new portable navigation device specifically for professional truckers. The IntelliRoute TND 500
has more truck-specific road attributes and truck-related points of
interest. Information that impacts routing, such as construction areas,
is updated every two weeks. Directions Magazine asked Rand McNally to
comment on some of the specific functionality of the product.
Directions Magazine (DM): Can you provide some of the details
about the hardware and data used to manufacture the IntelliRoute TND?
Who was the hardware manufacturer? Were the basic road network data
derived completely from Rand McNally data or was the information
supplemented by data supplied by other sources?
Rand McNally (RM): Rand McNally's manufacturing partners build our
products. The road network was provided by NAVTEQ, but the truck
attribution was supplied by Rand McNally in addition to NAVTEQ,
resulting in 35% more truck-specific details than any other provider.
The router was developed by Rand McNally. The result is patent pending.
DM: We noticed that real-time traffic information was not included
in the services. Will this feature be added or is an add-on service
RM: There is a plan to add real-time traffic information in the
future. However, we do think that traffic has a smaller value than
construction data, as most over-the-road drivers plan out their routes
beforehand, and try to avoid going through cities where traffic is
Note: There is no "service fee" with this device. Add-ons will be free or purchased.
DM: What is the source of the RoadWork construction information? Is
this information gathered entirely from state or local departments of
transportation, and how is the information ingested into your database?
What is the refresh rate of the information?
RM: RoadWork is updated every two weeks and includes about 2,000
construction projects nationwide at any given time, up to as many as
3,000 during the summer. Rand McNally's IntelliRoute TND is the only
truck-specific GPS device that includes road construction information.
It is researched by our GIS team, and gathered from many sources across
the country including the state and local departments of
RoadWork is downloadable from the Internet when the device is connected to a computer with Internet connectivity.
DM: Can the information that the driver can capture about "time on
duty" or "fuel tax reporting" be exported to the standard format that
trucking companies use to report to federal or state authorities?
RM: At launch, a reporting package is not available, but this is
one of the many products and services we intend to provide to users in
DM: In the printed version of the Motor Carrier's Road Atlas,
information about bridge height restrictions is supplied. Will the
driver be automatically notified if he approaches a potentially
dangerous weight or height restriction? Or alternatively, will this
route be automatically discarded from a planned route?
RM: The user sets the device routing to conform to his vehicle or
haul (48-ft, 53-ft, single, double, triple and hazmat or car). The
router will take these parameters into account and supply a route that
conforms to them. So, if you are running a 53-ft truck, it will not
route you under a low bridge. However, you can also set warnings about
upcoming features (bridges, tolls, weigh stations, etc.) if desired.
DM: How quickly can the driver be notified of a real-time event (accident, construction, etc.)?
RM: Construction is available every two weeks via Internet
download. This device does not have two-way connectivity to introduce