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Improved Productivity, Safety and Convenience Features on Peterbilt’s Next Generation SmartNav Infotainment System

March 25, 2015
By Business Wire News


Peterbilt is introducing the next generation of its in-dash SmartNav infotainment system that features an expanded array of virtual gauges, auto-activated safety cameras, improved hands-free calling and the capability to provide real-time traffic and fuel price information, Peterbilt Motors Company announced during the Mid-America Trucking Show.

“Peterbilt was the industry’s first manufacturer to offer a factory-installed, all-in-one infotainment system,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. “This new, enhanced system greatly expands SmartNav’s functionality and will help drivers operate with greater levels of productivity, safety and convenience.”

Operators engage SmartNav through its touch-sensitive, full-color, seven-inch display. Drivers can also interact with the new system through improved voice-recognition capabilities for hands-free calling. Other enhancements include:

  • Nearly double the available virtual gauges, for a total of 30, including all vocational gauges;
  • Expanded satellite radio content with both Sirius and XM channels;
  • Automatic activation of optional safety cameras when the vehicle is put into reverse or turn signals are on; and
  • Real-time traffic updates and fuel pricing through an optional subscription service.

“One of the key improvements to the new SmartNav system is its ability to be customized with approved applications developed by Peterbilt, PACCAR or third parties,” said Scott Newhouse, Peterbilt Chief Engineer. “For instance, future functionality could include integration with reefer trailers or truck bodies to provide operational data, like reefer temperature. SmartNav’s new flexible architecture allows it to be updated quickly with additional features and capabilities.

“Additionally, it is telematics enabled to communicate with systems such as electronic logbooks and other fleet management platforms.”

SmartNav will continue to provide:

  • Truck specific navigation;
  • Vehicle operational and diagnostic information;
  • Bluetooth connectivity and pairing with Bluetooth-enabled devices, as well as controls for using certain devices;
  • USB input for auxiliary audio devices; and
  • Complete integration with the vehicle’s cab and sleeper sound system.

SmartNav is standard with Peterbilt’s platinum-level interiors and is optional for all medium- and heavy-duty conventional models. Peterbilt had the new system, which goes into production in June, displayed on several of their showcased vehicles at the show.

Based in Denton, Texas, Peterbilt Motors Company combines a global reputation for industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficiency solutions, with superior quality to engineer a truck that stands as the “Class” of the industry. Through its 300-plus North American dealer locations, Peterbilt also provides a comprehensive array of aftermarket support programs to complement its full lineup of on-highway, vocational and medium duty products, including alternative fuel vehicles. Customers enjoy industry leading service and support, including preventive maintenance plans, expedited QuickCare services, automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer Assistance through 1-800-4-Peterbilt. For more information about Peterbilt, visit Peterbilt is a PACCAR Company, traded publicly on the NASDAQ as PCAR.

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Derek Smith, 940-591-4285