What Is Peterbilt SmartNav and How Does It Work?

Peterbilt is a brand known for producing high-quality trucks that are reliable and come with a host of features that make life on the road easier on you. So it’s no surprise that our vehicles also use SmartNav technology. Below is a brief overview of what this Peterbilt navigation system is and the various benefits it can provide.

What is SmartNav?

SmartNav is an infotainment system that’s found right on the dash of many Peterbilt trucks. It connects with your smartphone using Bluetooth, but it also has WiFi to help you stay connected while en route to your destination. 

This system provides you with communication features and vehicle monitoring to help you stay safe on the road. It also provides you with GPS navigation to help you find your way even when there are unexpected detours. 

Truckers love that the SmartNav navigation system utilizes a 7” color touchscreen that’s easy to see and use while driving. And in the event that you can’t take your hands off the wheel, you can use the voice recognition tech that’s built in so you can stay focused on what’s going on on the road.  

Let’s take a closer look at some of the main features that come with SmartNav:

1. SmartNav GPS

With the latest SmartNav tech, you can get more than just routes with the integrated GPS. That’s because it can help you find the best way to reach your destination while taking things like weigh stations and bridge heights into consideration. 

Also, the CoPilot Live feature lets you set your route based on your truck. Let it know your vehicle’s axle configuration, weight, and height so you can be guided on your way with the help of ETAs, speed limit warnings, fuel cost estimates, and custom map views. 

2. SmartNav Monitoring

Another reason why SmartNav is popular is because it allows you to monitor various aspects of your vehicle in real time to be sure it’s running at its best. With digital gauges that you can personalize, you can keep an eye on data that includes the vehicle’s air pressure, tag and pusher axle pressure, temperature, fuel flow rate, PTO hour meter, and more.

3. SmartNav Camera

Cameras are optional with SmartNav, but you can have up to four cameras installed and set up on your truck so you can be aware of what’s going on around you. This feature can also help ensure your safety when you hit the road. Plus, you can set these up so they’ll turn on automatically when you use a turn signal or put the truck in reverse. 

4. SmartNav Communications

If you have a smartphone with Bluetooth, you can connect to SmartNav to make hands-free calls, send text messages, and more. With voice commands, you don’t need to get distracted while you’re driving and keeping in touch with your contacts. 

In addition to making calls, SmartNav also makes it easier to stay entertained while on the road. Features include AM, FM, and satellite radio, along with a CD player, a USB port that can be used for playing music from an iPod, and Bluetooth streaming for enjoying your favorite songs whenever you want.

How Do I Update Peterbilt SmartNav?

Keeping your SmartNav system up-to-date is simple, thanks to the onboard WiFi capability that lets you get on the internet when you need to. Just use the Peterbilt WiFi Mobile Care app to install system updates whenever they are available.

Are You Ready to Upgrade Your Truck?

If SmartNav sounds amazing, it’s because it is! With so many helpful features, it’s no wonder that so many truckers opt to go with a semi that will have this tech built in. 

To start shopping for a new or used Peterbilt with SmartNav, check our website or visit a local dealership. And if you have any questions, feel free to contact us for support.



Updated: October 20, 2021