New Electronics Bring the Comforts of Home on the Road
Workspace, office, bedroom, entertainment center, kitchen/dining room – the tractor of an over-the-road truck has to fill a lot of roles with a limited amount of space.
That the tractor does it so well is a testament to the skill of truck designers, the ingenuity of drivers and the performance of on-the-go electronics that enhance all aspects of their lives on the road. Now, a new generation of electronics is being rolled out in travel centers, promising to make the comforts of home more available to drivers than ever.
MobileSpec is a brand long familiar to truckers, but it has an all-new lineup of headphones/earbuds, cellphone accessories, power inverters, cables, chargers and more. MobileSpec 2.0 products have been re-engineered specifically with the truckers’ needs in mind.
Truckers might be less familiar with NUU Mobile USA and Lycamobile, but the cell phone maker and long-distance carrier have teamed up to make it more affordable than ever for drivers to call home. NUU Mobile sells unlocked Android smartphones while carrier Lycamobile offers inexpensive, no-contract calling plans. Tracfone sells contract-free phones and offers inexpensive Verizon data plans that also work with drivers’ current phones.
However, having the best calling plan and the latest phone won’t mean much if you can’t hear your music or calls. Skullcandy offers a wide range of headphones, earbuds and Bluetooth speakers that offer high fidelity for music, podcasts and calls. BlueParrott has an extensive line of corded and wireless headphones offering the highest in-cab fidelity and headsets with a variety of features, including Bluetooth and advanced noise-canceling technology.
The miles pass more easily with satellite radio and its channels devoted to every taste from talk radio to country, comedy and classics. SiriusXM’s XM Onyx includes everything you need to hear SiriusXM through your truck stereo and is easy to install.
Though not new, navigational devices are becoming more sophisticated and now incorporate more functions than before. The TomTom Trucker 600, available for the first time in travel centers, offers truck routing based on your size, weight, speed and cargo, as well as continuously updated truck maps. Garmin’s d?zlCam LMTHD offers a 6-inch trucking navigator, custom routing, a truck and trailer services directory and a built-in dash cam that automatically records continuous HD video and protects you in the case of an accident.
The OverDryve 8 Pro is Rand McNally’s latest all-in-one device for professional drivers. It offers Bluetooth hands-free calling and texting, streaming music and podcasts, on-board navigation and trip planning, electronic logging, a built-in dashcam and more.
Truckers have always been able to rely on Uniden’s CB radios, dash cameras and radar detectors to make life and work easier.
Driving for a living is never going to be easy, but the latest electronics can make it more comfortable.