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Rand McNally upgrades navigation devices

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Rand McNally announced an over-the-air upgrade to its Rand Navigation software. The upgrade, which involves a map update and extensive improvements to the routing and interface, will be available for all latest model Rand McNally TND and OverDryve tablet devices. The upgrade will be rolling out to devices through the month of November.

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Among the upgrades are improvements to the devices’ operating system (OS), a full map update with additional content, and interface and feature enhancements. The OS update boosts the number of satellites used for improved GPS positioning on the Rand Navigation map base to make location and routing more accurate, the company says.

The company says its full-map update includes revisions to highway and roads, travel center and truck services, truck-specific and general points of interest, as well as rest areas, scales, weigh stations, and more.s.

After gathering additional driver feedback, the Rand McNally team say they also upgraded the user experience with larger and brighter text, more visible points of interest and double back arrows. The upgraded software includes more “estimated time of arrival” options, as well as local time and county name for real-time, down-the-road weather alerts. Among other items, the technical team optimized connected services such as real-time weather and fuel prices, reducing data usage.

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