Garmin introduces advanced driver assistance features for professional truck drivers

Garmin International has announced a new generation of 7-inch truck navigators – the d?zl 780 LMT-S model and d?zlCam 785 LMT-S that boasts a dash cam with cutting-edge advanced driver assistance features for truck drivers.

Both navigators are designed to help 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.

The all-in-one d?zlCam 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 the safer driving behavior.

Featuring high-resolution 7-inch displays with powered magnetic mounts, the d?zl series pairs with the new subscription-free Garmin eLog™ compliant ELD5 to wirelessly control, view, and record Hours of Service on the d?zl navigator’s display.

The Garmin eLog app is preloaded into the d?zl 780 and d?zlCam 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 will also 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.

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 d?zl series include custom truck routing6 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 d?zl series also offers voice control, while Bluetooth technology is available for hands-free calling7, and smart notifications on the d?zl’s display.

The d?zl series arrives preloaded with detailed maps of North America8, millions of new and popular points of interest thanks to Foursquare data, as well as a preloaded directory of Truck and Trailer Services, an important feature that gives truck drivers the ability to filter truck stops by brand or amenity. Break planning has been simplified on the new d?zl 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 d?zl navigators are compatible with the Garmin BC 35 Wireless Backup Camera (sold separately) for customers to easily see behind their truck when in reverse.

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