ALK Technologies, Inc. today announced the release of PC*Miler 21, the 21st annual upgrade of its routing, mileage and mapping software solution. PC*Miler 21 offers a new fuel optimization feature, truck-specific toll cost functionality, significantly improved map graphics and navigation functionality as well as important database updates.
“ALK updates our North American truck-specific routing network constantly. PC*Miler routing is largely based on historical truck traffic flows and their related GPS sightings, in addition to several other data sources,” said Kara Jo Witkowski, senior product manager, business solutions for ALK. “For example, PC*Miler 21 incorporates more than 5,000 truck weight restriction enhancements in one region alone.”
This year’s release includes PC*Miler|Fuel Optimization, an option that gives customers the best fuel purchase plan for each route generated. Drivers can follow a route with turn-by-turn directions that includes specific instructions on exactly where to purchase fuel along the way.
Optimization takes advantage of differences in fuel prices at the pump from one outlet to another. Customers who use fuel optimization can save from 4 cents to 11 cents a gallon when drivers purchase fuel on the road. PC*Miler|Fuel Optimization is based on fuel prices updated daily at thousands of pumps in North America and is powered by ALK’s partnership with Integrated Decision Support Corporation’s FuelAdvice.com.
PC*Miler 21 also offers an optional toll cost function that calculates truck-specific tolls throughout North America, including adjustments for all major toll discount programs. Customers can know actual toll costs and can take advantage of the “Toll Discouraged” option that routes to avoid tolls.
PC*Miler 21 provides fresh data and a substantial update of truck-specific restrictions based on 13 foot-6 inch height, 80,000 pound gross weight and widths of 96 inches as well as 48 and 53 foot/102 inch trailer lengths. Updates include critical changes in Kentucky and West Virginia and along the Trans-Canada Highway. PC*Miler 21 helps avoid low bridge clearances, load limits, one-way roads, turn restrictions and more. Street-level updates from more than 650 U.S. counties constitute over 1 million miles of updated data – including major road construction projects.
Another new optional module in PC*Miler 21 are 6 million points of interest from infoUSA’s business database, any of which can be included in a route. Among the truck-related points are truck stops, rest areas, official weigh stations and CAT scales.