Magellan announced that it is entering the Commercial Transportation Navigation GPS market and brings its advanced navigation technology to the world of commercial vehicles with the introduction of its Magellan RoadMate Commercial 5190T GPS navigator. It is designed specifically for over-the-road or local truckers, fleet owners, and bus and taxi drivers, with pre-loaded maps of the United States and Canada.

The 5190T's large 5-inch color high-definition touchscreen display is easy to read inside a dark truck cab and makes every map detail easy to see. It comes with an extra-clear built-in speaker and wireless Bluetooth technology with an audio level up to 93dB, making it easy to hear voice directions and phone calls (with compatible phones) even inside a noisy 18-wheeler or bus filled with talking passengers. Additionally, it has an IPX-50 dustproof casing and an A/V input to easily connect external devices such as a back-up camera.  The built-in connector and Magellan Fleet Management interface tool kit enables any Fleet Management solution provider the ability to offer the complete customer solution.

"The RoadMate Commercial is designed to satisfy the navigation and fleet management needs of the commercial vehicle industry," said Sunnie Tsai, director, product marketing of Magellan GPS. "Extra clear to be seen and extra loud to be heard in the commercial vehicle environment, the Commercial 5190T GPS is packed with truck-specific features and information beneficial to commercial vehicle drivers, to make their job safer, easier, and far less stressful. It provides companies and owners with the tools to improve productivity, reduce costs, and ultimately increase their profits."

Three features of the Magellan RoadMate Commercial 5190T GPS that users are sure to find beneficial are its commercial vehicle customized routing, multi-stop planning and route optimization capabilities, helping save time, money and improve overall ROI.

The Multiple Driver Login function is also available on the Magellan RoadMate Commercial 5190T GPS. Hours of service and driving status for multiple drivers can be logged, tracking hours and state mileage for IFTA fuel records. Logs can then be conveniently exported for compliance reporting.

Additionally, the 5190T GPS includes Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts with real-time traffic information to help drivers avoid traffic due to accidents, detours, construction zones, and other delays. The Highway Lane Assist feature shows realistic highway signs that guide drivers, providing critical advanced warning to help them choose the correct lane when approaching an interchange or exit.

The unit also includes Magellan's exclusive OneTouch user interface; Smart Detour; either 2D or 3D viewing; automatic re-routing; an information dashboard; more than 6-million points of interest as well as highway-exit POIs; and a truck stop directory with amenities for each location.

The Magellan RoadMate Commercial 5190T GPS has an MSRP of $379.99 and is available in Spring 2012 at consumer electronics stores and mass merchants, as well as online through recognized Magellan distributors. It comes complete with: cradle, cradle mount adapter plate and screws, windshield mount, vehicle power adapter, USB cable, and quick-start guide.

For developers, system integrators and service providers interested in leveraging the Fleet Management features in this device, the developer kit will be available next quarter 2012.