Despite spending more hours on the road than the majority of the population, truck drivers have been limited in their choice of navigation systems. Luckily, Garmin International, Inc just announced their second generation GPS series designed specifically for the trucking industry. The dezl (pronounced diesel) 560 series allows drivers to input their truck's height, width, length and weight for specialized trucking routes.
Replacing the popular nuvi 465T, the dezl was developed with a slimmer design and larger 5" color display screen. The 560 series promises enhancements to Canadian detail with the new PhotoReal Junction View, as well as access to the NTTS (National Truck and Trailer Services) Breakdown Directory.
Other updated features include video input for optional back-up camera, an Exit Services search for food, fuel, lodging or weigh stations and advanced detours/avoids. Truckers also have the ability to track fuel purchase/usage, service hours and mileage that can be exported for IFTA reporting.
Although introduced last year in the nuvi, myTrends and trafficTrends are newly standard to Garmin's automotive functions. With the 560 series, the dezl is introduced to these two trends which monitor driving history. myTrends takes into account the user's previous driving habits while trafficTrends looks at Garmin's history to predict traffic congestion during particular days and times.
Two versions of the dezl are scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2011. First is the dezl 560LT which includes Garmin's Lifetime Traffic. The second version, the dezl 560LMT, offers Lifetime Traffic and Maps.