Commercial drivers navigate a myriad of obstacles while on the road but
safely taking and placing phone calls should not be one of them. Plantronics
(NYSE: PLT) has introduced a headset specifically designed to keep
commercial drivers' eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. The new Blacktop?
500 Bluetooth® headset cancels road noise, stays comfortable all
day, and lets drivers easily manage calls while complying with the
federal law that bans handheld cellular phone use by commercial vehicle
The Blacktop 500, the in-vehicle version of the award-winning Blackwire®
710 headset, is designed specifically for commercial drivers and
truckers. To make an office headset work well in a semi-truck,
Plantronics engineered the Blacktop 500 to cancel out road and engine
noises that truckers incur on the road and added a convenient in-vehicle
charging system. The Blacktop 500 features Plantronics' Smart Sensor?
technology which detects when the headset is being worn and
automatically routes the audio - both calls and media like iTunes and
Pandora - from the mobile phone to the headset whenever it's put on. An
in-vehicle charging system delivers unlimited talk time while driving
and the USB connection can also be used for Internet chat or movies
while taking a break from being behind the wheel.
"Professional drivers, such as cabbies, delivery people and long-haul
truckers, have to deal with incredibly challenging communications issues
while on the road," said Lori Langona, director of consumer marketing at
Plantronics. "The Blacktop 500 pulls out all the stops when it comes to
comfort, sound quality, noise cancellation and hands-free convenience,
so that these driving pros can get the job done without missing a step."
The Blacktop 500 features:
Wind and noise cancelling microphone that cancels road noise
Internal Smart Sensor technology for automatic call answer
Easy Bluetooth controls for mute, power, call answer/end, and volume
Flexible, adjustable and reinforced headband with a cushioned earpiece
for all day comfort
In-vehicle power charger
Bluetooth v3.0 + A2DP for audio streaming
Multipoint to connect to two Bluetooth devices
Up to 10 hours of talk time and up to 10 days of standby time
Headset battery meter for iOS devices
Pricing and Availability
The Blacktop 500 is available now for $129.99 MSRP at Plantronics.com,
and select BestBuy stores, and RadioShack.com.
About Plantronics - Simply Smarter Communications?
Plantronics is a global leader in audio communications for businesses
and consumers. We have pioneered new trends in audio technology for 50
years, creating innovative products that allow people to simply
communicate. From unified communication solutions to Bluetooth®
headsets, we deliver uncompromising quality, an ideal experience, and
extraordinary service. Plantronics is used by every company in the
Fortune 100, as well as 911 dispatch, air traffic control and the New
York Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.plantronics.com
or call (800) 544-4660.
Plantronics, Blacktop, Blackwire, Simply Smarter Communications and
Smart Sensor are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics,
Inc. The Bluetooth trademark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use
of the mark by Plantronics, Inc. is under license. All other trademarks
are the property of the respective owners.
Kurt Garrett, 831-278-2545
Public Relations Intern