Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 with DAB Digital Radio

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The Snooper Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 allows you to receive turn-by-turn voice instructions as well as listen to your favourite radio stations through the device’s featured DAB digital radio. It has innovative satellite navigation software that allows you to calculate the best route to avoid hazards and save on time and costs. Software includes:

• Junction view for safer navigation

• My Speed® to monitor speed limits of every road

• Free traffic information

• Bluetooth hands free for easy use

• Free Truckmate software updates, including maps

Buy a Snooper Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 with us today to improve your driving experience.

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Snooper Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 Highlights

  • Screen Size - 7" High Resolution LCD
  • Free Lifetime Map Updates - UK & Ireland or European options available
  • DAB Digital Radio
  • DVB-T ‘Freeview’ TV
  • Truck Lane Guidance 

NEW INDUSTRY FIRST! Snooper Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 with DAB Digital Radio. The first portable satellite navigation system on the market to include truck specific satellite navigation now comes complete with DVB-T Digital TV and DAB Digital Radio.

Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 with DAB Digital Radio and DVB-T Digital TV is packed with innovative features including Junction View, Lane Guidance and the all important, extra large 7" LCD display making it easier to view any potential hazards such as weight and height restrictions on your route. The all new DB8500 though includes much, much more, not least Truckmate's Award Winning truck specific satellite navigation technology, providing turn-by-turn navigation, safely avoiding height and weight restrictions plus many other hazards.

Truckmate was launched in 2007 and was the first satellite navigation system designed specifically for trucks, quickly becoming the number 1 selling truck sat nav on the market. Since 2007 Truckmate has won many awards and accolades and is consistently rated the best truck sat nav available. It is sold by all the major truck manufacturers from Volvo to DAF.

Working together with industry experts and the feedback of 10's of 1000's of truck drivers, we have continued to improve our technology, culminating in the Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 with DAB Digital Radio, the most comprehensive sat nav for truck and HGV's available.

Truckmate uses Here® Maps for Life (Formerly Navteq) transport data at its core, but Truckmate is further enhanced with 1000's more attributes providing protection from hazards on more roads than any other system on the market. Simply enter the height, width and weight of you vehicle and Truckmate will automatically calculate a route avoiding low bridges, height and weight restrictions and many other hazards. Truckmate is the number one HGV sat nav dedicated to the trucking industry.

Everything about Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 is bigger and better. It is easier to enter addresses and scroll through the systems menu with bigger on-screen buttons that are easier to press. Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 incorporates many industry leading features such as Junction View, FREE TMC traffic information, Bluetooth handsfree, Lane Guidance, DVB-T Digital TV and now DAB Digital Radio. You can even add a reversing camera.

The original sat nav for trucks and HGVs, Truckmate continues to be a huge success. It is the preferred sat nav for truck drivers and fleet operators alike, the greatest accolade we could hope to receive.

*Please note that DAB Digital Radio and DVB-T Digital TV will only operate in areas with a DAB or DVB-T digital TV service. Reception will vary based on your location.

Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 - What's new?

FREE Lifetime Map Updates!
To ensure that you always have the very latest Truckmate Pro software and street level mapping available, DB8500 comes with FREE Lifetime Map Updates as standard. Simply register your unit upon purchase and receive free map updates for the life of your unit*

*Visit for further details.


New Industry First!

DAB Digital Radio with FM transmitter. Loud and clear, turn-by-turn voice instructions and DAB radio directly through your vehicles stereo system.

Snooper Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 is the first portable satellite navigation system to include DAB Digital Radio so you can listen to your favourite DAB radio stations in your vehicle. Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 also includes an FM transmitter so that you can listen to DAB digital radio stations and get Truckmate's all important turn-by-turn voice instructions directly through your vehicles built-in stereo system.

Snooper Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 with DAB Digital Radio

Simply tune Truckmate DB8500 to an unused FM frequency on your vehicle's stereo and Truckmate's turn-by-turn voice instructions and DAB Radio channels will be transmitted through the speakers in your vehicles cab. Truckmate Pro Sound is the next best thing to a fully integrated, built-in factory fit sat nav - if not better!  

The built-in DAB receiver will also receive local announcements, including traffic, news and weather. The perfect addition to the best truck specific satellite navigation system on the market.

New and improved mapping.
Latest street level mapping supplied by Here® Maps for Life

Junction view.
Full screen images of main motorway junctions are displayed in advance to help you navigate safely.

Snooper Truckmate DB8500 Pro Sound with DAB radio and Junction View

Lane guidance.
Specially formulated lane guidance software provides advanced notice of which lane or lanes to use when approaching junctions for safer HGV driving.

My Speed®
The speed limit of nearly every road across Europe can now be clearly displayed on your Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 at all times. Choose between speed limits for cars and advisory speed limits for trucks from 3.5t and HGVs. In addition, My Speed can also be set to alert you if you accidentally exceed the speed limit at any time, keeping your licence safe.

Snooper Truckmate DB8500 Pro Sound with My Speed and Lane Guidance

Navigate by junction number.

Search and navigate to motorway junction numbers using the updated 'Find by map' function including Junction numbers.

Customised your routing.
All Truckmate devices allow drivers to choose between the quickest or shortest route available and even avoid toll roads or motorways.

Your route.
Create and save your own bespoke routes. Use the map view to select the roads you would like to travel on or search road by road. Use 'Your route' to build your own personal, tailored routes.

Point of interest 'corridor' search.
Choose to search from our extensive list of Point's of Interest using our new 'corridor' search facility. The 'corridor' search function enables you to search specifically along your pre-programmed route.

Show POI on route.
Looking for a quick stop off or ATM? All Snooper Sat Nav's show selected POI's on screen whilst navigating to your destination.  
Air1 AdBlue

Truckmate AdBlue Filling Station POI.
All Truckmate Satellite Navigation systems come with Air1® AdBlue Retail Filling Station POI. Select AdBlue POI and Truckmate will display the nearest station and guide you to the one selected. You can even add an Air1® AdBlue stop into your route with corridor search.

User controlled adjustable map text.
Increase the size that road names and numbers are displayed on screen making them easier to read for safer and easier navigation. 

Choice of map display colour.
For easier and clearer reading, users can choose between 10 different colour configurations for the navigation display.

Route timer.
Set Route timer to alert you when you need to take a break. Set the maximum driving time allowed and set the advanced warning time you require before your next break is due. The Route timer clock will keep you advised of the driving time you have left and will automatically alert you when it's time to take a break.

Snooper Truckmate DB8500 Pro Sound with DAB Radio

Truck navigation - the problem.
You couldn’t have missed the press reports of a truck or large vehicle getting sent along an inappropriate route by an inept sat nav system. Almost all these stories end in disaster with a HGV stranded in a field, wedged under a bridge and even destroying property. It is reported that there has been millions of pounds worth of damage caused as drivers use sat navs designed for cars to navigate commercial vehicles.

Truckmate Pro satellite navigation - the solution.
Truckmate Pro was the first Sat Nav system to be a dedicated HGV Sat Nav. Plus includes Snooper’s multi-award winning speed camera detector technology*.

Environmentally friendly technology.
As well as routing you safely and effectively to your destination, Truckmate Pro will also guide you along the most economical route. Improved fuel consumption, improved cost effectiveness

Truckmate Pro Sound has the answer.

This unique software will create a route based on the attributes of your vehicle. Simply tell Truckmate the size and weight of your vehicle, plus the type of load if applicable and the Truckmate software will calculate a safe, truck friendly route. Routes will be calculated based on roads with adequate width and height, excluding roads with low bridges or weight restrictions plus many other hazards.

Improved routing - no other satellite navigation system routes in the same way.
It's not just about routing to avoid hazards. Truckmate's unique routing algorithm ensures that where possible larger vehicles are only taken on appropriate roads. No other sat nav system on the market creates routes in the same way. 

Snooper Truckmate DB8500 Pro Sound with DAB radio

Truckmate - more hazard information than any other truck sat nav.
Truckmate uses Here® Maps for Life transport data to provide the core truck data. However Truckmate also incorporates additional information ensuring more comprehensive cover than other sat navs using the standard Here® Maps for Life package. Truckmate offers greater cover on smaller, narrower roads where it is most needed. Truckmate has more hazard information on more roads across Europe than any other portable truck sat nav system, a system that is designed specifically for Trucks  and HGVs.

Multiple vehicle dimensions.
Regularly drive different trucks and trailers? Truckmate units allow owners to save up to 10 different vehicle profiles, making it easy to switch and change between trucks and trailers and receive routing specific to that vehicle. You can even save the load type you carry with that vehicle profile.

Truckmate Sat Nav will save you £££'s in fuel and time!
Recent research has shown that a Truckmate HGV Sat Nav will pay for itself quickly. Sat nav users on average drive 16% fewer miles, which means drivers use 16% less fuel. Travel times are reduced by 18% on average producing fantastic cost savings at a time when every penny counts, not to mention the costs saved avoiding damage to your vehicle and property on route!

Car navigation.
Although Truckmate has clearly been designed to navigate trucks and larger vehicles on safe and legal roads it also incorporates a car setting. Simply switch Truckmate to car mode and it will navigate you on the most effective routes for your car instead!

FREE Truckmate operating software updates!
At Snooper we understand the difficulties of fast moving technologies. No sooner have you purchased a new PC or Television and it’s already out of date, that’s why we offer free software* updates. As Snooper’s Truckmate technology get’s better and better you can keep up, knowing you have always got the most up to date software on the market!

*System software only. Does not include Here® Maps for Life map updates.

Here® Maps for Life street level mapping.
Recognised as the industry leader in digital street level mapping, Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 uses Here® Maps for Life data. Ensuring you are taken seamlessly from A to B on the best possible route. Truckmate also includes full postcode search for these countries.

Snooper Truckmate DB8500 Pro Sound European Map Cover

UK• Ireland• France• Spain• Portugal• Italy• Austria• Switzerland• Belgium• Holland• Luxembourg• Germany• Denmark• Norway• Sweden• Finland• Poland• Estonia• Lithuania• Czech Republic• Latvia• Liechtenstein• Hungary• Romania• Slovakia• Slovenia• Serbia• Montenegro• Croatia• Turkey• Greece• Albania• Bosnia & Herzegovina• Bulgaria• F.Yugoslavia Rep.of Macedonia• Russia

Industry Testimonials & Reviews

Steve Love of the Home Delivery Network says:
“It was great to be able to work with Performance Products on creating something that is certain to have a huge impact on the haulage industry.  It’s no longer acceptable for drivers to be content with sat navs made for smaller vehicles — there are specific issues involved with driving HGVs, and TRUCKMATE takes all of them into account.”

Truckmate Pro Test Winner

Truck & Driver Fernfahrer test win SED Award for excellence
UK Test Winner
2010, 2011, 2012
Truck & Driver
Test Winner
German Test Winner
2010, 2011, 2012
SED Award for
Trucking Magazine Test Winner! 
Truckmate Pro wins Trucking Magazine truck sat nav test for the 3rd year in a row! Read more
Truck & Driver
"It soon became apparent that this is the best truck sat nav I've ever used..." Read more

Fernfahrer Test Winner
Truckmate wins Fernfahrer truck sat nav test in Germany for the 3rd year in a row! Read more

Distributeur snooper PL8200

Snooper Truckmate DB8500 Pro Sound with truck specific sat nav

Multi-route technology.
Multi-route allows you to calculate a single route around up to 16 different destinations just by adding the postcodes. No stopping and starting, struggling to find each and every address, Truckmate's Multi-route technology calculates and saves your full day's travel in just a few seconds. 

TMC Traffic information technology - FREE of charge!
If you drive for a living you will know the importance of needing to know exactly what lies ahead. Accurate and reliable information is a must to ensure that you arrive on time. Traffic information is fed from 100's of thousands of vehicles and sensors across the country providing up to the second information. Snooper's Truckmate TMC service will alert you to traffic incidents across the country. If there is congestion on your route simply ask Truckmate to find a route around it.

DVB-T Freeview Digital Television.
Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 includes a built-in DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting Transmitter) providing Freeview Digital Television. Watch your favourite channels whilst taking a break from the driving!

 Snooper Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 with DVB-T digital television

Please note that DVB-T will only operate in areas with a digital TV service. Reception will vary based on your location. Please do not attempt to watch televsion whilst driving. Attempting to watch TV whilst driving is illegal and highly dangerous.

Over 2 million POI's across Europe - plus extensive list of truck specific locations.
Truck specific points of interest  including truck stops, petrol stations suitable for trucks, truck restaurants plus an extensive list of Hotels, restaurants, standard petrol stations, speed cameras, cash machines, airports, train stations, shops plus many more. Go straight to your destination at the touch of a button.

Show POI on route.
Looking for a quick stop off or ATM? All Snooper Sat Nav's show selected POI's on screen whilst navigating to your destination.

Full postcode search.
To ensure the most accurate postcode search available Truckmate uses Royal Mail. The most comprehensive of it's kind.

Snooper Truckmate DB8500 Pro Sound with truck specific satellite navigation

Bluetooth Handsfree Technology.
Stay on the right side of the law. The Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 is equipped with Bluetooth Handsfree Technology so that if you do have to take a call whilst you are on the move you can do so safely, with both hands still on the steering wheel.

Built-in MP3 player.
The Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 comes complete with a built-in MP3 player. Now you can navigate to your destination whilst listening to you favourite music at the same time. The Pro Sound DB8500 comes with a headphone socket so you can plug in headphones, but it is also possible to transmit both the navigation instructions and your music through your vehicles car stereo using the built-in FM transmitter.

Reversing Camera Link-Up.
Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 has a video input socket, which allows the device to be linked up with a Snooper reversing camera for easier maneuvering.

Snooper Truckmate DB8500 Pro Sound with speed trap detection technology

Award winning Speed Camera location technology - From only £29.99 inc vat per year!
Snooper Truckmate is completely unique. Unlike any other sat nav system Truckmate provides you with speed limit alerts specific to the class of vehicle you are driving. Plus you can update the speed camera database 24hrs a day 365 days a year. Truckmate uses our unique AURA™ database which is updated daily, so the second a new camera is added you can download it, because anything less than 100% cover is just not an option. Truckmate gets you effortlessly from A to B whilst ensuring that you get there with your license intact.

THE AURA™ ADVANTAGE! THE IMPORTANCE OF VERIFICATION - All databases are not created equal.

Unlike AURA™, many other GPS databases rely largely on locations provided by hobbyists who might not be able to tell a speed camera or a red light camera from a traffic flow camera or a surveillance camera. These databases could result in annoying false alerts, which could lead you to start ignoring even legitimate alerts--defeating the point of having a GPS database in the first place.

Other databases are not updated every day, and they also limit how often you can download updates. As a result, devices using these databases are not as up-to-date as they could be and are likely to miss alerts.

In contrast, Snooper has assembled a professional team that devotes every working day to verifying each and every speed camera and high risk zone that goes into the AURA™ database.

The AURA™ database is constantly updated, and can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. AURA’s reliability is backed up by Snooper, one of the most respected and trusted satellite navigation and speed camera location manufacturers. Snooper has won dozens of awards for innovation and product performance and has been establised since 1979.

If you’re considering a GPS database to reduce your risk of an unintended speeding ticket or accident, doesn’t it make sense to go with the database—and the company—that reduces that risk the most?

How does it work?

Snooper AURA award winning speed trap detection technology

Snooper AURA™ will provide personal alerts of the following speed traps and hazards:-

  • Gatso & Truvelo Cameras
  • Watchman
  • MCS (Multi Camera System)
  • Speedcurb
  • SPECs average speed
  • Roadwork cameras
  • DS 2
  • Accident Hotspots
  • High Risk Zones
  • Mobile Laser
  • Mobile Safety Vans
  • Temporary Gatso
  • Truvelo Cameras
  • Congestion Charge Cameras
  • Digital Cameras
  • Schools (optional)

As well as the UK and Ireland, the AURA™ speed trap database now offers Worldwide protection. Included in our system are locations in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Romania, Russia, North America, Canada and South Africa and is still growing.

Snooper Services provides access to our truck specific speed camera database.

There are 3 different easy payment methods to choose from.

Monthly - £2.99 inc vat
Quarterly - £7.99 inc vat
Annually - £29.99 inc vat

Industry Testimonials

John Beddow is an HGV driver for Uniloads, the country’s leading specialist in the delivery of commercial vehicles throughout the UK and Europe.

“I drive a number of different sizes and types of trucks, and TRUCKMATE has proved invaluable. Although I’ve used sat navs for years and they’ve all saved me time, I often used to find myself going 15 miles out of the way before realising I couldn’t go any further. Nothing removes the unique hassles of truck driving like TRUCKMATE.” 

Andy Saunders drives for the UK’s leading manufacturer of natural stone and concrete hard-landscaping products.

“There’s nothing like TRUCKMATE on the market, and there’s no comparison with other brands. Every other sat nav was designed for cars, but TRUCKMATE was clearly made with commercial vehicles in mind. Because of the specific restrictions we face every day in our jobs, it’s immensely useful for driving in the city and in the country. I recently lent my device to one of my colleagues, and he didn’t want to let it go!”

What's Included?

1 x Snooper Truckmate Pro Sound DB8500 Satellite Navigation System
1 x SD Card Containing Mapping
1 x Windscreen Mounting Bracket
1 x Home Charger
1 x 12/24v DC in Vehicle Charger
1 x USB Cable
1 x TMC Antenna
1 x Extension DAB/DVB_ Antenna
1 x Hard Protective Case
1 x Video In adaptor 2.5mm to Phono
1 x CD Rom

Snooper DB8500
OS - WinCE 6.0    
CPU(Core) TCC7901 500Mhz Dual-Core
Display    Type 7" TFT LCD    
Resolution 800*480    
Backlight 350Cd    LCD only
Screen brightness - Typical 240NITs  
Touch Panel
Internal NAND Flash 512 MB    
SDRAM 128MB    
SD/SDHC supported (up to 32GB)
Audio Speaker Out 1W MONO (8 Ohm)
Earphone Out Stereo(18mWX2 , 16 Ohm)
USB V2.0 high speed    
Power DC Input 12V, 2A
Battery    Li-pol, 1100mA/3.7V    
Dimensions - W180mm x H122mm x D20mm
GPS Antenna Ublox 6 
External Antenna Connection    
Channel & Engine - 16 ch    
Start Time (seconds)    
Hot - 4    OPEN SKY
Warm - 38 OPEN SKY
Cold - 50 OPEN SKY

Compatible PC:- Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista

DVB-T Digital TV (will only operate in areas with digital TV free to air service)
Antenna    Rod ANT    Internal  
External Antenna Connection                
channels 13~62    freq range : 470 ~ 770Mhz (UHF band)
Sensitivity  -107dBm Conduction (based on One-SEG)
Frequency range    470~860MHz    
RF Input Impedance 50 Ohms    
Sensitivity (conduction) 64QAM GI=1/32 VHF 8 CH -80dBm    
mode 2K VHF 12 Ch -80dBm    
CR=2/3 UHF 21 Ch -83dBm    
BW=8MHz UHF 45 Ch -83dBm    
UHF 64 Ch -83dBm    
Sensitivity (conduction) 16QAM GI=1/8 VHF 8 Ch -90dBm    
mode 2K VHF 12 Ch -90dBm    
CR=2/3 UHF 21 Ch -90dBm    
BW=8MHz UHF 45 Ch -90dBm    
UHF 64 Ch -90dBm

This unit has been designed to provide safe and efficient routing but it not a substitute for driving with due care and attention. The driver is responsible for paying full attention to road signs, road conditions and the proper operation of the vehicle at all times. Always defer to all posted road signs and road conditions.