Plantronics Introduces the Blacktop 500 Commercial Driver Headset

  Plantronics Introduces the Blacktop 500 Commercial Driver Headset

   A lightweight and flexible Bluetooth headset designed for the long haul

Business Wire

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- January 31, 2013

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 drivers.

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,, and select BestBuy stores, and

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 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
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