San Dimas, CA, January 17, 2017 – Magellan®, a leader in GPS navigation, announced today their Return-to-Route smart routing solution has been honored with a “Best of CES 2017” TWICE Picks Award in Car Technology. In its third year, the TWICE Picks award recipients are selected by TWICE Magazine editors based on the impact the winning products are expected to have at retail and in the marketplace. Magellan was the only company honored with a TWICE Picks award in car technology this year.

Magellan’s Return-to-Route keeps drivers of municipal fleet vehicles on track, on time, and never missing a single stop. The multi-stop route planning solution, with enhanced navigation, supports a broad range of telematics supplier protocols, and is optimized for the toughest Urban Canyon issues and associated metro challenges.  All of these features are maximized through a unique Return–to-Route algorithm which brings the driver back to the point of deviation, enabling the driver to never miss a planned stop or route. Fleet Managers using Magellan’s Return-to-Route find greater efficiencies, tighter profits, and increased customer satisfaction.

“The TWICE Picks Awards are the answer for anyone who wants to know about the most exciting, game-changing products at CES 2017,” said Ed Hecht, TWICE publisher/VP. “Our winners are chosen using deep perspective by some of the most experienced editors in the business. Each of the winning products demonstrated rich innovation and is expected to positively disrupt the tech market. We offer congratulations to the winners and all the nominees —standing out above the crowd at CES is an accomplishment in itself.”

“We’re honored to receive this prestigious designation from TWICE Magazine in car technology and look forward to rolling out additional features and exciting product updates like Return-to-Route this year. Stay tuned,” stated Mark Perini, vice president of Magellan’s automotive business.

For more information on Magellan’s navigation products, please visit

Magellan Navigation App Debuts In SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia System For 2017 Models


Magellan®, a leader in GPS navigation, announced that its Magellan Navi navigation app for connected cars is now available in select 2017 SUBARU models, including the Impreza and BRZ, via the SUBARU STARLINK™ multimedia system. Magellan Navi brings powerful GPS satellite navigation features, the latest maps and routing accuracy by seamlessly connecting the smartphone app to the car’s infotainment display.  Magellan Navi is a featured app in the SUBARU STARLINK app, which can be downloaded on the Apple App Store and Google Play beginning today.

Magellan Navi connects to the car’s head-unit display via Bluetooth or USB to deliver a voice-guided full navigation experience with lane guidance, millions of Points of Interest (POI) and more. A simplified, easy-to-use interface is designed to promote distraction-free driving.

“Working together with a well-respected manufacturer like Subaru to bring best-in-class navigation solutions to their drivers is an honor,” commented Pierre Parent, president of Magellan. “As a GPS industry pioneer, Magellan’s navigation and routing engines have been developed and proven through years of R&D and testing.  We’re excited to be entering this new era of connected cars.”

“The excitement of the Magellan partnership, and the advanced technology, is that it allows us to leverage the SUBARU STARLINK infotainment system to essentially deliver a powerful navigation system to drivers who do not have an onboard navigation option,” said Anthony Landamia, Manager, Infotainment Products for Subaru.

For more information on Magellan’s navigation products, please visit

Top 7 connected navigation & smart mobility news – 2016/08


Here comes the era of driverless car?

At the end of each month, we handpick and summarize 7 most critical and exciting stories in the industry. Also check the hyperlink to the original article to read more, enjoy and have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

  • Amazon teamed up with Hyundai, to provide remote control on Genesis G80 & G90 models through Amazon Echo’s voice command. Alexa, please start up my car!
  • Verizon to acquire Fleetmatics for $2.4 billion dollars and becomes one of the most powerful telematics players in the industry.
  • Rastrac partners with Magellan to provide GPS tracking, truck navigation and FMCSA electronic logging device (ELD) – compliant HOS service for fleets and individual truckers.

RASTRAC and Magellan to Demonstrate Hours of Service ELD Compliance at the Great American Truck Show


RASTRAC and Magellan co-exhibit at GATS 2016 with ELD-compliant HOS tracking app

RASTRAC, a leader in the GPS tracking and fleet management industry, and Magellan, a leader in GPS navigation devices, announced that they will be demonstrating fleet tracking with Hours of Service (HOS) compliance through an electronic logging device (ELD) this week at the Great American Truck Show (GATS Booth #17027).

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued HOS regulations which were aimed at managing the working hours of anyone who operates a commercial motor vehicle in the United States. Since 1938, these were all recorded in paper logs manually and were practically impossible to verify. In 2015, FMCSA added the Final Rule, which requires the use of an ELD which will monitor engine hours, vehicle movement, miles driven, and location information. All paper logs are to be transitioned to ELDs no later than December 18, 2017.

In working together, RASTRAC and Magellan are able to assist the approximately three million drivers that will be impacted by this new law. As Randy Safford, Director of Subscription Sales at RASTRAC states, “With RASTRAC’s 23 years of supplying GPS tracking, and Magellan’s 35 years of supplying GPS and Navigation services, we will form a team with over 50 years of experience to serve the fleet and trucking industry with advanced fleet management solutions.”

“Magellan is pleased to be working with RASTRAC to offer the MagellanRoadMate Commercial RC9660-3Y truck navigation device with ELD compliant HOS as part of a complete solution with Rastrac’s Fleet Management services.” stated Mark Perini, vice president of Magellan’s automotive business.

You can read the original press release here. For more information, visit RASTRAC on the web at, and Magellan at

How smart cities solve traffic congestion and improve driving safety


Columbus is the “Smartest City in the United States”

Traffic jams are a universal pain for drivers. Let’s face it, no one wants to spend 2+ hours a day driving to and from work, and with few productive options available while driving, much of this time ends up being a total waste. Thanks to the launch of emerging connectivity technology and IoT applications, well-designed vehicle to everything (V2X) communication systems have become both near-term (smart sensor and road-sharing) and long-term (self-driving vehicles) solutions for tackling metropolitan traffic congestion, and shortening your daily commute.

Smart City Challenge

In order to help come up with the best V2X application and infrastructure implementation at a city level, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) launched Smart City Challenge in December 2015, attracting more 78 applications nationwide in US. The USDOT and Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. even pledged $50 million combined to the winner. The winning city will become the country’s first city to fully integrate V2X technologies for innovative applications such as self-driving cars, car-sharing mechanisms, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – directly into their transportation network.  After four-month long evaluations by both government and industry leaders, Columbus won the competition and the $50 million of funding. However, the story didn’t end here; the competition inspired various city initiatives tackling traffic congestions, driver safety and autonomous vehicle topics.

Traffic Congestion

As one of the key projects presented by the City of Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Mellon University developed a smart traffic signal system that uses sensors to identify transit and freight vehicles and allow them to move through the signals quicker. This implementation is expected to reduce idle time by 40% and travel time by 25%. The City of Denver and the City of Columbus have also proposed an intelligent transportation system concept for increasing the efficiency of traffic.

Driving Safety

In addition to solving critical congestion problems, improving safety on the road is another key goal of the Smart City Challenge. For instance, the Austin, TX has installed road sensors to monitor the roads regionally, which allows officials to react right at the moment a car accident happens. The city then can control traffic lights to better flow the traffic around the accident. In addition, the City of Portland launched its Ubiquitous Mobility program, which puts road safety as the top priority. The sensors on the connected fleets enable road sharing safety with car, bicycles and pedestrians.

Autonomous Vehicle

Establishing a sustainable V2X environment for self-driving vehicles is another hot initiative proposed by candidates such as Kansas City and City of San Francisco. The government of Kansas City plans to test an autonomous shuttle between KCI airports and downtown; while San Francisco is working with UC Berkeley on research into the elimination of traffic fatalities and carbon footprints through connected autonomous vehicles.

For more details on how these cities picture the blueprint for a better future, check here for the summary of the Smart City Challenge. You can also find the all pitches from the 7 finalists here.

Top 7 connected navigation & smart mobility news – 2016/07


TomTom City provides live traffic information in 50 cities worldwide.

At the end of each month, we handpick and summarize 7 most critical and exciting stories in the industry. Also check the hyperlink to the original article to read more, enjoy!

  • All Ford 2017 models will equip with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, running on SYNC 3 platform.
  • TomTom expands the coverage of its live traffic information portal – TomTom City to an additional 25 cities. Currently serve in 50 cities including San Francisco, Austin, Toronto, Singapore and Paris.
  • HERE rebranded its mobile app as HERE WeGo, adding few features including booking a car from Car2go service and taxi fare information.

3 benefits for getting your fleets ELD compliant now


Carriers and drivers are required to be ELD compliant no later than December, 2017

On December, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) completed its final version of the Electric Logging Device Rule and issued ELD Mandate ruling (see federal register).  The new rule expects to affect 3 million vehicles and relevant stakeholders such as fleet service providers, fleet operators and truck drivers.

What is ELD?  According to FMCSA, an ELD, or Electronic Logging Device, “synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording.” In short, the ELD Rule requires drivers and carriers to transit current process of records of duty status (RODS) to an automated and active electronic tracking system to simplify the logging on process and eliminate frauds.

The FMCSA estimates the annual adoption and installation cost including equipment, inspection and driver training will be $975 million for the entire industry. Industry professionals worry that the ELD Mandate requires a huge amount of capital investment on the operating system, which will hurt the profitability of fleet operators and individual truck drivers. However, it does bring up long-term benefits while reducing the operational risks going forward.

Although there’s still 18 months until the deadline (11/18/2017), getting your fleets ELD compliant will bring immediate benefits:


The first and foremost benefit is to align with government regulation. According to FMCSA, the following carriers and drivers will be required to install ELD compliance system:

  • Trucks weighing > 10,000 lbs involved in interstate commerce
  • Buses designed to transport 16+ people, or 9 people with direct payment to drivers
  • Vehicles used to haul hazardous materials in a quantity that requires a placard

And below is the deadline for the transition:

  • Carriers and drivers who are using paper logs or logging software must transition to ELDs no later than December 18, 2017.
  • Carriers and drivers who use AOBRDS prior to the compliance date must transition to ELDs no later than December 16, 2019.

You can find more details of the timeline in this Implementation Phase Compliance Table.

Last minute changes always increase business risks, so why not convert to ELD now?

Driving Safety

Safety should be always the priority for both drivers and passengers. The driving force behind the regulation is to improve fleet and truck driver safety. FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro once said, “By implementing Electronic Logging Devices, we will advance our mission to increase safety and prevent fatigued drivers from getting behind the wheel.” According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, road accidents caused by fatigued truck drivers results in 20 fatalities and 434 injuries each year. By implementing the ELD Mandate, road accident mitigation could lead to the annual safety benefit of $394.8 million.

Simplify the operation process

The ELD Mandate also makes things easier. According to FMCSA, ELDs hugely simplify the complicated old ROD’s process:

  • ELDs make it easier, simpler, and quicker to keep driver logs.
  • ELDs limit mistakes and reduce form and manner errors.
  • ELDs provide information to drivers and motor carriers so that drivers can better manage fatigue and schedule issues.
  • ELDs correctly record location and accurate information to easily track duty status.
  • ELDs are good management tools and office assets to improve productivity and enhance compliance.
  • With ELDs there is less paperwork and driver logs are orderly, clear, and accurate.

Check with your suppliers to see if they provide ELD compliant HOS services. For more information, you can also check the ELD Checklist for Carriers and ELD Checklist for Drivers.