Rand McNally TND 530 comes equipped with software updates and user interfaces that will make your truck driving more efficient and it’s faster than its predecessors at processing all of the information.
After you program your route, the TND 530 will calculate all of the toll costs on your routes along with project gas prices, road construction, and travel time. It will also give you the option comparing the toll costs of other routes. There are also exporting features for each state/province mileage for empty and loaded trailers, and calculators that will project your total expected profit, percentage of your load, and estimated fuel efficiency.
There are also warnings to alert you to speed limit changes, inclines and declines, sharp turns, time zones changes, road construction, truck stops, weigh stations, and rest areas. The TND 530 will provide multi-stop information along your route, including step-by-step details for each leg of your journey. These legs can also be user modified within the journey, that way you can alter part of your route while keeping the other legs that work for you. In case you’re the type of person that likes to plan your own routes instead of relying solely on GPS to plan it for you, the TND 530 provides you with the option of designing your routes on a computer and then downloading them to your GPS unit.
3D Junction View
Before, when you were coming up to a junction, the previous versions of the unit would only display the junction signs in two-dimensional format. Now, if you’re driving with the GPS in 3D mode, it will provide you with those junction signs as you might see them on the road. The updated features include up to 10 new signs for display, and the GPS will also give you advice on which lane you’ll want to be in for those junctions.
The TDN 530 also comes with a handful of other nifty bells and whistles. Rand McNally added redesigned graphics and two new modes — ice and carbon — to go along with the standard viewing. The idea is that ice is better for viewing at night and carbon is better at viewing during the day. New colors have been added to separate different buildings, such as shopping centers and military bases. Additionally, colored sections will highlight roads and areas you might want to avoid while driving.
|Garmin dezl 560LMT||Rand McNally TND 530||Cobra 6500|
|Screen Size||5 inch||5 inch||5 inch|
|Screen Resolution||480 x 272 pixels||640 x 480 pixels||800 x 480 pixels|
|Live Traffic Updates||Yes||Requires Subscription||Yes|
|Free Lifetime Map Updates||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Another neat bonus is the ability to search for points of interest along the route, such as diners, restaurants, shopping outlets, rest stops, and gas stations. You can also select between specific stores. So, if you have a company card with a specific chain of gas station or truck stop, you can search for only those locations along your route.
Along with narrowing your searches to just one chain of a business, you can also sort your address book by specific types of contacts, such as individual or business. If you’re a route representative, or visit a lot of different places throughout the month, Rand McNally added a contact search features that will help you locate your desired individual or business quicker. You can also sort by distance.
To finish everything off, the TND 530 also include a new voice, Claudia, to go along with Samantha and Tom. There’s a button to the left side of the screen that, when tapped, clears the display screen of all buttons, giving it a cleaner, less cluttered, look. The Hours of Service (HOS) can also be deactivated in case you don’t need it. The unit also comes with a new rugged design that will keep it safe from tumbles and falls. Upgraded speakers will help you hear directions over the hum of the engine. And there’s now a slot video input from your backup camera to display directly on the screen.