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Rand McNally unveils new ELD-compliant 7-inch TND tablet

Rand McNally TND 740

The new Rand McNally TND 740 features a seven-inch display and a magnetic mount that enables quick and easy, wireless disconnection from the mount for handheld use.

The new TND 740 from Rand McNally builds of the success of the original truck-specific GPS, says company Marketing Vice President Kendra Ensor, first introduced at the Mid-America Trucking Show in 2009. Since, following the fourth generation of the baseline TND, the TND 730, in its 161st year in business Rand McNally has now launched the fifth generation of the TND, the 740. The seven-inch tablet “takes some of the good things from [the 730] and adds a lightning-quick, redesigned quadcore processor, along with double the storage [16 gigabytes] and double the memory” [1 GB], says Director of Product Management Venky Rao.

“A high-resolution display,” likewise, builds a “rich experience … with an overhauled user interface — people love the simplicity,” he adds, “the easy access to things that mean the most to drivers.”

With a suggested retail price of $399.99, Rao says, buyers can expect to see it available for sale in May.

Rao notes he’d heard from drivers about previous iterations of the product that, when mounted in the vehicle, were cumbersome to disconnect for handheld usage. “We re-designed it so that all the wiring, all the cables run into a magnetic smart-mount that has magnets and pins on it enabling the interaction with power as well as audio,” Rao says. “This is something we introduced in our top-tier tablets.”

DriverConnect app

Two gauges screens in the DriverConnect app offer truck-status gauges for 10 metrics of most use for drivers, including instant fuel economy, lifetime fuel economy, speed, transmission oil temp, engine speed, battery voltage, oil pressure, coolant temp and boost pressure.

Also, usability is enhanced with over-the-air updates when connected to a wifi hotspot. “Our maps, too, will be refreshed” just as they have in the past, Rao says. Connected to a hotspot for an internet connection, the GPS/mapping features also will enable real-time traffic. Fuel prices and weather conditions are also available at points along the route.

Rand McNally’s DriverConnect logbook app comes installed on the device. If paired with the ELD50 and a cellular hotspot, or Rand McNally’s new DC200 cellular-enabled telematics device, carriers utilizing the device can go fully ELD-capable to satisfy the ELD mandate in December “whenever the timing is right for them,” says Ravi Kodavarti, commercial products director.

Utilization of the logbook app alone ahead of the mandate is free of charge, and can be a simple way to game the mandate to determine whether it’s going to impact your operation, whether through the TND or using your Android smartphone.

Rand McNally’s app supports a variety of ELD exemptions, including oil field and ag exemptions, and alternative intrastate rulesets in an intuitive way, as Kodavarti demonstrated at the company’s MATS press conference.

 

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Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at OverdriveOnline.com. His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to tdills@randallreilly.com or via phone at 205-907-2481.