Magellan RoadMate to offer NAVTEQ Traffic RDS capabilities for North America

Magellan RoadMate to offer NAVTEQ Traffic RDS capabilities for North America

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Illinois, USA, 1 May 2006: NAVTEQ and Thales announced on May 1 that the Magellan RoadMate 760 and 700 portable vehicle navigation solutions are offering NAVTEQ real-time traffic services via NAVTEQ Traffic RDS (Radio Data System). In addition, all Magellan vehicle navigation solutions introduced in 2006 will provide real-time traffic solutions, even entry-level devices.

With NAVTEQ Traffic RDS, these products will help North American customers avoid delays in major metropolitan areas by notifying drivers of traffic flow and incidents along their route and redirecting them when a faster route is available.

Magellan traffic solutions continuously and wirelessly transmit, via FM frequencies, comprehensive NAVTEQ data from multiple sources across the nation, including commercial traffic data, government departments of transportation, police and emergency services, road sensors, cameras and airborne reports.

The Magellan TrafficKit receiver processes the real-time traffic information and displays icons on the Magellan RoadMate map screen to show traffic jams and conditions that impede the normal flow of traffic, such as lane reductions, road construction and accidents. Drivers can choose whether they see all or specific types of incidents, and can learn details about each by touching the associated icon on the screen. Drivers can also receive traffic alerts for informational purposes only, without being rerouted.