TomTom and Intelematics announced the availability of the SUNA Traffic Channel on TomTom GPS devices. TomTom users will now be able to route around traffic incidents and get more accurate arrival times with the SUNA Traffic Channel.
SUNA’s Traffic Channel will broadcast up-to-the-minute detailed information on traffic conditions around the city straight to the TomTom GPS device.
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“The integration of real time traffic information and navigation empowers motorist to make better judgements, and avoid unnecessary delays,” says Intelematics CEO Adam Game Whilst there is no magic solution to everyday congestion, SUNA Traffic Channel can help motorists identify when delays are unusual or severe – on these occasions an alternate route can be considered.”
SUNA Traffic Channel is a digital data broadcast received using a radio decoder integrated in the TomTom device. Because the service requires no cellular network connection, motorists can be constantly connected to real time traffic. The service will be available in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Other metropolitan areas are planned for later in the year.
SUNA Traffic Channel uses the international TMC (Traffic Message Channel) standard to broadcast traffic information to TomTom GPS devices via an FM radio signal so that users can be alerted to any known traffic incidents on their route or in their area. Their TomTom GPS will alert them to any issues ahead and give them the option to revise their route, saving time and reducing stress.
SUNA Traffic Channel provides detailed information on traffic incidents and traffic flow including:
- A description of the incident – what is causing the hold up
- The location of the area affected
- Length of delay
- Detour options
- Arrival time
To receive the SUNA Traffic Channel customers will need to purchase a receiver from TomTom retail partners and have Sensis Whereis V.15 (2008) maps loaded on their TomTom GPS. TomTom will also offer a number of bundle solutions including the TomTom XL Traffic and the TomTom GO 720 Traffic. These products will include a traffic receiver in the box and will be plug and go. Customers plug the traffic antenna into their TomTom GPS to start receiving traffic information.
TomTom RDS-TMC receiver: $149
TomTom XL Traffic: $549
TomTom GO 720 Traffic: $699