As the title says, some professionals left behind dedicated gps for truck drivers and began to use the smartphone as a tool for navigation and creating lorry specific routes .
We’ll do a short summary of the most popular Android gps apps that supports truck restrictions and give good results in Europe.
So if you have a smartphone with a decent size display and gps support you should test the navigation apps presented in this article.
iGO Primo is the first application for the Android platform that can be used as a gps app for truck drivers . It was natural that this software will be the first choice, being a popular soft for a long time across Europe, but also in other continents.
Truck routing when using iGO is quite good, but not error-free. Sometimes, the chosen route is not what we want, or some restrictions are not shown on map.
Instead, the possibility of using data from three different suppliers is a benefit, and we can choose maps that do their best job in truck mode according to our specific requirements: Navteq, TeleAtlas or NNG / TopMap.
In iGO Primo for lorry, we can set parameters like height and number of axles, route color depending on type of road, cargo load type or weight of the vehicle.
Copilot Truck for Android is the second navigation software that uses lorry specific restrictions to help professional drivers reach their destination safe.
This gps app for Android smartphones or tablets is easy to use, but has an extremely complex and customizable menu..
You can enter the truck characteristics (height, weight, number of axles, trailer, etc.) and you can choose several routes. Copilot Truck for Android uses Navteq maps for creating specific heavy vehicle routes and successfully manages this by using additional functions like Active Traffic.
Active Traffic live constantly receives information on road conditions, traffic and the various problems that may arise along the way. Also we have a very good database of points of interest for professional drivers…
Another gps app for truck drivers is Sygic Truck – an application that reached a professional level by now .
Based on the standard application, maps and restrictions for trucks were incorporated in this popular navigation software giving birth to the lorry version.The new and updated app for Android smartphones may be the ideal partner to create special routes for trucks based on height or number of axles.
It also good to admit that I noticed some problems and errors on a few routes calculated by these applications.
A great percentage of those errors are generated by map problems, so it is very important to have the latest updates every time we go on the road and also: do not rely only on an application for your phone.