Garmin Debuts Its First Android-Based Fleet Navigator

Aug 21, 2014

The fleet 660 is designed for local-service fleets, while the fleet 670 is ideal for commercial long-haul trucking fleets with its trucking-specific functions, such as route calculation based on truck attributes, trucking points of interest, Hours of Service (HOS) logging, and International Fuel Tax Agreement Documentation (IFTA).

Service providers can introduce customized applications and services when interacting with customers with the technology. The new devices also connect to and control a wide range of external devices over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or serial cable.

“These new devices remove many of the hurdles fleet service providers face today, making it easier than ever to develop customized solutions for both medium and large, enterprise class customers,” said Chad Sallman, senior business development manager for commercial solutions of Garmin.

Providers can integrate existing applications from their partners for signature captures, work orders or inspection reports. The interface is fully customizable and applications and widgets can be added onto the device home screen.

The hardware is designed for in-cab use with a dust-proof design, high-sensitivity GPS, extra loud speaker, and a sunlight readable, 6-inch capacitive touch screen, according to Garmin. A powered magnetic mount allows for a quick and easy removal between vehicles. Through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi the devices wirelessly connect to a black box data transponder or other sensors and peripherals, such as a wireless printer or card reader.

Fleet 660 and 670 include navigation technology from Garmin, such as Garmin Real Directions, voice activated navigation, Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts as well as free lifetime traffic and maps. Both devices also feature an integrated gyroscope to record and analyze driving behavior and support Near Field Communication (NFC) for driver and vehicle identification and data synchronization.