Garmin International recently unveiled a new generation of 7-inch truck navigators: the dēzl 780 LMT-S model and the premium dēzlCam 785 LMT-S, the latter of which boasts a dash cam with advanced driver-assistance features for truck drivers.
Both navigators are designed to help big-rig drivers stay connected, alert and on track during long hours of service thanks to new built-in Wi-Fi and free live services for traffic, weather, truck parking and more, according to Garmin International, a business unit of Garmin.
“For the very first time, the trucking industry will have the ability to receive advanced camera-assisted warnings from their truck navigator,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Road safety has always been a priority for Garmin, which is why we’re pleased to introduce features that can warn truckers of potential incidents.”
The all-in-one dēzlCam 785 adds the built-in dash cam to automatically record the drive and save video files of detected incidents. The dash cam provides advanced driver-assistance features such as forward collision and lane-departure warnings to encourage safer driving behavior.
Featuring high-resolution 7-inch displays with powered magnetic mounts, the dēzl series pairs with the new subscription-free Garmin eLog compliant ELD to wirelessly control, view and record hours of service on the dēzl navigator’s display. The Garmin eLog app is preloaded into the dēzl 780 and dēzlCam 785 navigators, eliminating the need of smartphones or tablets to complete the FMCSA-compliant solution.
The modernized feature-set adds built-in Wi-Fi for truckers to easily update software, maps and points of interest (POIs) without needing to use a computer. By downloading the free Smartphone Link app, truck drivers also will receive free live services for traffic and weather updates in addition to time-saving live parking information that finds available 18-wheeler parking spaces at truck stops, according to Garmin International.
TripAdvisor allows owners to easily see ratings for travel POIs along the haul, such as restaurants, hotels and attractions. The Dispatch and Track feature is beneficial as an easy route monitoring solution that lets dispatchers send text messages and addresses to truck drivers while tracking their routes.
Core navigation features from the new dēzl series include custom truck routing options based on the size, load and weight of the truck. Helpful route warnings provide alerts for upcoming hazards such as bridge heights, weight limits, sharp curves and steep grades.
The new dēzl series also offers voice control, while Bluetooth technology is available for hands-free calling, and smart notifications on the dēzl’s display.
The dēzl series arrives preloaded with detailed maps of North America, millions of new and popular points of interest thanks to Foursquare data, as well as a preloaded directory of Truck and Trailer Services, a feature that gives truck drivers the ability to filter truck stops by brand or amenity – “Flying J” or “Showers,” for example.
Break planning has been simplified on the new dēzl series with on-screen break notifications in conjunction with recommended trucker-friendly stops like restaurants or upcoming rest areas along the route.
In addition to pairing with the Garmin eLog compliant ELD, the new dēzl navigators are compatible with the Garmin BC 35 Wireless Backup Camera (sold separately) for customers to easily see behind their truck when in reverse, according to the company.
The dēzl 780 LMT-S has a suggested retail price of $399.99 and the dēzlCam 785 LMT-S is $499.99. Both devices are expected to be available in June. For more information, visit garmin.com/dezl.