TravelCenters of America Releases TruckSmart Mobile App Update

Also enhances trucker electronics offering

Published in CSP Daily News

WESTLAKE, Ohio -- TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has released an update to its TruckSmart Mobile App. The update, 2.4.4, provides professional drivers with new and more user-friendly features.

TruckSmart's update includes the ability for drivers to create and save their 'favorite' TA and Petro locations for quick and easy viewing. Additionally, guests can see the local Hometown Favorites prepared by full-service Petro Iron Skillet and TA restaurants on each location's amenities page. And amenities icons can now be pressed and held for more detailed descriptions. Drivers can also call the Reserve-It Parking Reservation number with the touch of a button.

"We receive a lot of calls from drivers who love using the app," said Tom O'Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters of America. "The new version implements many of their suggestions and adds other features, too."

All of the previous features have remained, including the Instant Shower feature. With the app, UltraONE Driver Rewards Program members can reserve a shower through the app, pay for it with credits or points, be placed in the queue and receive an email when the shower is ready.

UltraONE account information is still readily available on the balances screen, which now shows YOUR Rewards Program visits, and the number of available parking spaces and showers at each site are always available. One-touch calling to RoadSquad Connect anywhere, anytime, emergency roadside service remains at the user's fingertips.

More than 180,000 users have downloaded the free TruckSmart app to their iPhone or Android smartphone, the company said. Drivers without a smartphone on these platforms can access the app through any HTML5 browser at www.trucksmartapp.com.

TravelCenters of America has also announced that the Cobra 29 LTD Pro Pack--a CB, external speaker and mic holder combination pack--is the newest item it is offering exclusively at TA and Petro Travel Stores. It announced its first three exclusively offered items last summer, which included the Cobra 5825LX CB/GPS Bundle Pack, Magellan RoadMate Commercial GPS listing TA and Petro locations and the Rand McNally Large Scale Motor Carriers' Road Atlas.

TA and Petro also announced the availability of the TND 760 Electronic On-board Recorder (EOBR) from Rand McNally. The Surface Transportation Act of 2012 mandated the use of EOBRs for Hours of Service (HOS) logging; all trucks must be equipped with EOBRs by October 2015. The TND 760 EOBR can be installed by participating TA Truck Service and Petro:Lube service and repair facilities. The TND 760 logs HOS, tracks fuel efficiency, detects accidents, monitors vehicle maintenance by detecting fault codes and tracks vehicle location through GPS, Wi-Fi and cellular communication. Features are dependent upon the accompanying service plan selected. Owners and fleets can access this data through the web portal.

TravelCenters of America, Westlake, Ohio, is a leading travel center business in 41 states and Canada operating under the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands. With 244 full-service locations off interstate highway exits, TA and Petro Stopping Centers offer customers diesel and gasoline fueling services, more than 500 full-service and quick-service restaurants, 24-hour convenience stores, heavy-truck maintenance services, RoadSquad Connect (24/7/365 emergency roadside service), Reserve-It (truck parking reservations) and many other services within large, high-traffic facilities.

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