XRS Corp. has unveiled its new Road Science Lab, a “product immersion facility,” at its Eden Prairie, MN, headquarters. The lab is designed to give customers, prospects and technology partners a hands-on experience with the company’s new mobile software platform, the company said.

“Trucking operators across the country wanted a single location where they could view all of the device options for running the new XRS platform, so we created a one-stop shop where they could review and actually try all the possibilities,” said Christian Schenk, senior vice president of strategy and market growth. “The Road Science Lab is a comprehensive showcase of the power and productivity available to fleets with the newest and fastest mobile devices and wireless networks.”

The lab features a variety of the industry’s most popular handheld mobile devices – each running the latest version of XRS fleet management software – and a large-format digital display for high-visibility learning and discussion.

Using the new XRS platform, which runs on existing mobile devices, drivers are able to access satellite imagery of destinations, message other drivers with status updates, communicate with dispatchers and capture photos, in addition to many other capabilities that fleet managers can use to provide valuable new services to their customers.

XRS runs on more than 50 types of mobile devices and automatically transmits vehicle and operator data directly to a management dashboard, providing compliance with the new MAP-21 compliance mandate for recording hours-of-service.

“Our Road Science Lab is more than just a product display,” said James DeSocio, executive vice president of field operations for XRS. “It allows our customers and technology partners to see how XRS can be tailored to meet the specific needs of different vertical industries, using a wide range of devices and networks.”

XRS is currently in limited release, with general availability expected this spring.