Further to the original device we featured here, Pronav have now launched the successor, the Pronav PNN-200, which will be available from Maplin from Monday at £199.99. The key features are:
- Navigation based on height, weight, width, length and hazmat
- Potential hazard warnings (steep hills, crosswinds etc.)
- HGV POI’s including truck stops and loading bays
- Bluetooth hands free calling
- Free six month safety camera alerts trial
- Free 2009 map and transport updates
This is said to be useful for not just HGV drivers, but also drivers of any vehicle with any height, width or weight restrictions, including, for example, caravan and motorhome drivers, or drivers towing horse boxes.
Providing map updates is an interesting idea, it will include web access to quarterly updates up to and including the Q2 2009 Navteq release (which we suspect is likely to actually be released much later in the year than it’s name implies); alternatively CD-ROM versions will be available with a small extra cost. However, the unit must be registered within 14 days of purchase to qualify for these updates.
This unit doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a TomTom or Garmin, but does do one thing very well, and that’s ensure the route selected is relevant to the vehicle. As we said when we first covered the first unit, we hope other Navteq map-based SatNav manufacturers take advantage of this data and release similar units; after all, if every unit included this functionality by default, we should have less stories about lorries being stuck in narrow lanes.
Also, it looks like Maplin are running another Free Delivery weekend, so if you are looking for that last minute xmas present, then head over and see what they have to offer.
Initial story courtesy of Pocket GPS World.