PETERBILT PARTNERS WITH SPRINT TO PROVIDE CUSTOMERS MOBILE CONNECTIVITY
Denton, TX (January 14, 2011)
Peterbilt Motors Company and Sprint have partnered to provide customers mobile connectivity through the revolutionary Peterbilt SmartNav™, a PACCAR proprietary navigation and business technology system for Peterbilt Class 5-8 commercial vehicles.
“Peterbilt’s SmartNav is designed to provide truck operators telematics, diagnostics, back-office and infotainment functionality to improve productivity and comfort on the road,” said Bill Jackson, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president. “By partnering with Sprint, a leader in innovative technology, we will be able to offer Peterbilt customers an outstanding mobile connectivity service.”
As the core development partner, Sprint is integrating cellular network connectivity into the Peterbilt SmartNav. The in-dash, technology system utilizes a high-resolution, 7-inch touch panel display. Together, navigation and business systems will be provided with vehicle connectivity services for drivers to easily and safely use while traveling. When a truck is not in motion, the driver will be able to access the Internet and send and receive e-emails to enhance communications with dispatchers, logistics providers and shippers. The Sprint connectivity service is available as an option.
“Sprint is proud to be the core connectivity partner in the Peterbilt SmartNav integrated mobile computing, telematics, navigation and business system,” said Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint. “Navigation and business systems will be provided with our advanced 3G and 4G networks for drivers to easily and safely use while traveling.”
SmartNav also includes hands-free phoning with Bluetooth, back-up camera options, vehicle data, and audio controls, including satellite radio, AM/FM, CD, MP3 and USB. When launched in 2011, Peterbilt SmartNav will become standard on Peterbilt trucks with all premium interior trim offerings and on diesel-electric hybrid vehicles. The system also will be available as an upgrade on any Peterbilt standard trim package. SmartNav was developed on the award-winning Microsoft Windows Embedded Automotive 7 software platform.
About Peterbilt Motors Company
Peterbilt Motors Company, located in Denton, Texas, has a global reputation for superior quality, industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficient solutions, and is recognized as the "Class" of the industry. Peterbilt provides a comprehensive array of aftermarket support programs through its 350-plus North American dealer locations that complement its full lineup of on-highway, vocational and medium duty products, including alternative fuel vehicles. Peterbilt offers industry leading service and support, including preventive maintenance plans, expedited Rapid Check diagnostic services, automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer Assistance through 1-800-4-Peterbilt. For more information about Peterbilt, visit www.peterbilt.com.
Peterbilt is a PACCAR Company, traded publicly on the NASDAQ as PCAR.