Rand McNally navigation expert appointed to Illinois GPS Task Force

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Rand McNally’s John McAvoy, director of engineering, has been appointed to the Global Positioning System Technology and the Designated Truck Route System Task Force by John J. Cullerton, Illinois Senate president. The task force was appointed to consider advances in and utilization of Global Positioning System technology (GPS) related to routing information for commercial vehicles.

The Task Force will submit to the governor and general assembly a report of its findings and recommendations for legislative action necessary to accomplish one or more of the following goals: (1) improving public traffic safety, (2) preserving roadway infrastructure, (3) addressing advances in GPS technology relating to truck routing, and (4) producing an accurate statewide designated truck route system. The report must be submitted no later than Jan. 1, 2011.

The act that created the task force was sponsored by Sens. Michael Frerichs and John O. Jones; and Reps. Jay Hoffman, Lou Lang, Dan Beiser, William Black and Jack McGuire.

Consumer-grade or car GPS navigation may be inappropriate for commercial-sized vehicles. Such devices do not take into account road designations required for safe navigation by larger vehicles.