The PeopleNet BLU is a 7-in., full-color designed to provide audio and video capability in the truck cab and allow delivery of multi-media content to the driver on the road. The company has begun field testing the new display with its wireless communications system and expects a full commercial launch next year.

BLU will support all current PeopleNet applications, including eDriver Logs, PerformX Engine Connectivity and PACOS Geofencing. In keeping with PeopleNet's philosophy of supporting an open software environment, BLU is also designed with hardware extensibility, surplus memory and the power to run other advanced technology applications.

One of the first multi-media applications to be offered will be ProTREAD interactive driver training from Instructional Technologies, Inc. In partnership with PeopleNet, ITI will be able to deliver preemptive, targeted driver training in the cab in response to real-time driver performance data collected from trucks on the road.

Other future applications for BLU include spoken, turn-by-turn directions simultaneously shown on a moving map, according to the company. Text-to-speech applications that will enable drivers to hear text messages in multiple languages are also planned.