SYDNEY, NSW: ProNav has announced the release of what it calls the first GPS system to be released specifically for truck drivers. The PNN-300 (RRP $799) features information on bridge heights, weight regulations and hazardous routes: all important aspects of truck driving.

Similar models are already available in Europe and United States, and the developer, UK based Navevo, is now launching into Australia. The antipodean continent has a rich history of long-haul trucking, so it makes sense that we would be a target market. This model features turn-by-turn guidance for drivers of trucks, RVs, trailers, buses, vans and caravans. The mapping data is provided by Navteq.

“ProNav allows a driver to enter the vehicles’ vital statistics, including weight, axle weight, height, length and width, as well as the load being carried to calculate the best route to ensure drivers are not confronted with roads or obstacles not suitable for the vehicle or goods,” said a spokesperson.

Features include a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth hands free calling and FM transmitter, text to speech, fixed safety camera warning and easy to read icons.

“With safety features that are second to none, ProNav will guide you on your way, ensuring a safe and smooth journey.

“Safety features include; potential hazard warnings; including steep hills, crosswinds, risk of grounding, and sharp bends, dynamic navigation based on vehicles dimensions and safety camera alerts. Other brands of GPS are simply not designed for professional drivers. ProNav is your only choice for GPS.”

This unit is available from selected retailers.