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did enybody find an app for android re: professional truck GPS

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You should be looking for a stand-alone truck GPS (such as a Rand McNally TND, Garmin Dezl, PC*Miler, or Cobra 7700 Pro) since many areas now have restrictions on the use of cell/smart phones (for instance, the entire state of Illinois now BANS hand-held phone use inside trucks, as prescribed by the FMCSA and the NHTSA).

A good stand-alone truck-specific GPS should cost $250 to $500, and when used properly, is well worth the money. I have used the PC*Miler 50-series, Garmin's DEZL 560LMT, Rand McNally's TND and Cobra's 5550/7750 Platinum. All of those have proven reliable, though each has it's own "quirks" or issues. For example, the Rand and Garmin will require an update and occasionally goof up when routing Hazmat. The PC*Miler 40 series has numerous issues, the PC*Miler 50 series (450, 550 and 750) has much fewer issues and can be updated. The Cobra has some routing issues, which will likely be addressed with future updates.

As for personal experience, I have had all of the major GPSs and don't like any of them- I'll stick to an old-school map, pen and paper for most of my routing needs and use that GPS as an assistant to get me local directions or route me around certain hazards along a specific route. For that purpose, all of them will work to varying degrees with Garmin, Rand McNally and PC*Miler nearly tied for accuracy (or lack thereof).

The Smartphone apps have evolved to meet the FMCSA rule, provided you put the address, POI, etc... into them while you are parked.

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I have personally used the ALK PC Miler product and I would not purchase the app. Aside from the fact that the use of a hand held device while driving is illegal now, they also WILL NOT refund you your money if you are unsatisfied with their product. This goes for their actual stand-alone unit as well.

I am on my third replacement unit and I finally just stopped sending them back and they sent me a memory card to run my software off of. The unit crashes all the time and is just a general piece of garbage. The maps on the unit are also horribly wrong a lot of times and routing is beyond dumb for being a "truck specific" routing software.

Their newest units look interesting to me, as it appears like they may have made quite a bit of necessary modifications and updates. However, I am not interested in purchasing the unit for fear that I will run into the same problems I have had with my current unit (more than I can count on here) and not be able to get my money back. If they'd be willing to promise me a 30-day money back guarantee I'd consider the unit but I've got my eyes set on the Garmin Dezl LMT (they do not sell the map updates version in the truckstops that I've seen, only the LT which is traffic)

Like my buddy said, Garmin makes navigation units for ocean ships and airplanes. In those environments if you're the least bit off you're way off course. So if they can navigate those beasts across the globe they should be able to do well with trucks. He loves his and the few times we run together we're always comparing the two units and I'm sold on a Garmin.

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I am using Co-Pilot for Trucks on my Motorolla Xoom. Works great and looks great on the 10 inch screen. You can download it from the Android Market for $150

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I am using smarttruckroute. You can find it on google play under free download.

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"i think it is legal to use your phone as long as it fastened in a stationary mount"

I totally agree with that. Verizon, Google and SmartTruckRoute put out navigation programs for cars and trucks. I can not imagine that those guys put out something big like that on the market and allow it to be use while it is illegal.

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I use Google Navigation it not truck routing but it's FREE and i can alway call and ask for directions and double check that with google navigation. I have a Garmin GPS with truck routing and it not 100% so that why i an not big on buy another truck GPS because you still have to call sometimes. Google Navigation is FREE Turn-By-Turn voice navigation. I plug phone into truck stereo and play that way sounds great and as load as i want. I have car dock for my phone so I can see the display just like any GPS. you need good internet connection because the google navigation is on the internet and not the phone

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Its against the law to access the net via your phone while you are driving. Its the same as texting and it cost big bucks if you are caught. Read a atlas while you are parked or get a stand alone system.

Yes, it is illegal to program an address, find a POI, etc... while the vehicle is in motion. However, most of these apps have addressed the issue with a limited-functionality in-motion interface and/or a STERN warning telling users to enter info ONLY while the vehicle is parked. CoPilot Live and CoPilot Truck don't even require a data connection to use it, as it relies on maps downloaded to an SD card, and for local drivers, Google Maps Navigation now offers an offline mode with maps along with a complete hands-free mode.

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i think it is legal to use your phone as long as it fastened in a stationary mount (stand) to somewhere in the truck, such as the windshield (by suction cup) or dash. in general, i've heard you are allowed to push 2-3 times- for such as speed dialing. i touch my finger 2-3 times to my android to make a phone call and 4 times to use navigation app (when needed in an emergency); and then i speak the name of who to call, hit redial, or speak the destination. i i know using your phone at all in construction zones is illegal in some states, i think the key phrase is "hand held." although i have never had a stand alone gps, in my opinion i think routing systems are mostly unnecessary and prefer the old school way as well.

In Illinois, it is NOT legal to even touch the phone itself unless using voice commands or 1-touch dialing, even if it is in a mount. No texting, no dialing, no web access, no apps and no hand-held are allowed unless it can be accessed by 1 touch or you are parked. They clearly state you are allowed to use "1-touch" or voice dialing- and that's it. There is an exception for navigation apps (such as VZ Navigator, Google Maps, CoPilot Truck and SmartTruckRoute), however, you cannot touch the interface (phone, tablet, etc...) while the vehicle is in motion.

Zachary Bell,

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"Its against the law to access the net via your phone while you are driving"

This can not be correct. There are many navigation programs on the market like TeleNav , Verizon Navigation and google navigation for cars and SmartTruckRoute app that give navigation for trucks. I can not imagine that Google or Verizon can put on the market something that is illegal to use.

In the case of VZ Navigator by Verizon and most other navigation apps, you enter the info while the truck is parked- otherwise it can be very distracting. Use of navigation apps is allowed as long as YOU do not touch the phone while the vehicle is in motion or sitting at a traffic light.

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Google Navigation is 100% hands free i dont how much the phone access the internet but it dose some all by it self. I have the car dock fir phone and it not any different then a stand alone GPS. You put in destination before you start driving and it dose everything else. With out touching the phone.

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