New mapping technology aids in route planning

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PeopleNet, a provider of fleet mobility platforms, announced an upgrade to the underlying mapping technology of its web-based user interface. The company has replaced its use of Google Maps with the ALK Maps interactive mapping platform.

Both PeopleNet and ALK are owned by Trimble.

With the new interface, fleet managers gain access to mapping features designed specifically for the transportation industry by ALK, along with weather radar and traffic-level overlays. These improvements help users better visualize routes to enhance route planning and scheduling, the company says.

The new mapping technology gives PeopleNet an innovation platform to provide better tools to help fleets be more efficient and safe, said Mark Kessler, general manager of PeopleNet’s Trucking division.

The new map interface also gives PeopleNet users new automated workflow tools that deliver dispatch-specific information on each vehicle pertinent for approaches, arrivals and departures. Information displayed on the map or integrated with office workflow can include:

  • Estimated time of arrival
  • Actual arrival time
  • Estimated time of departure
  • Fuel levels
  • Odometer tracking
  • Distance from actual stop
  • Date and time of last call in

PeopleNet made the announcement with ALK during the annual Truckload Carriers Association convention, held March 8-11 in Kissimmee, Fla.