Later this year, Kirkland, Wash.-based Kenworth Truck Co. and Kansas City, Mo.-based Sprint will release a new navigation system for Kenworth Class 5-8 trucks. The Kenworth NavPlus system will include telematics, navigation, diagnostics and business system features specifically designed for use in Kenworth vehicles.

The in-dash NavPlus system will feature a high-resolution, 7-inch color screen and 8 gigabytes of memory. NavPlus also will include hands-free phoning with Bluetooth, back-up camera options, vehicle data, and audio controls, including satellite radio, AM/FM, CD, MP3 and USB. When launched in 2011, NavPlus will become standard on Kenworth trucks with all interior trim offerings and on diesel-electric hybrid vehicles. The system also will be available as an upgrade on any Kenworth standard trim package. NavPlus was developed on the Microsoft Windows Embedded Automotive 7 software platform.

When a truck is not in motion, the driver will be able to access the Internet, and send and receive e-mails to enhance communications with dispatchers and logistics providers. The Sprint connectivity service will be available as an option. “Our machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless technology helps reduce emissions, cut costs and raise performance,” said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse in a statement.