Navigation Technologies, a provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation, Internet/wireless, government and business solutions, and Metrocommute, a provider of personalized real-time traffic information, are collaborating on a four-city trial of Navigation Technologies’ real-time traffic data solution for North America. The trial is currently underway in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Detroit. Navigation Technologies has developed a traffic data solution designed to aggregate the data of multiple leading traffic data providers, like Metrocommute, to provide the highest quality real-time traffic information. The solution allows the information to be packaged for delivery to vehicles and wireless handheld devices to help drivers in North America make smart routing decisions. The solution is uniquely designed to provide detailed traffic information aggregated specifically for navigation applications. It can receive multiple sources and types of information from incident (accidents, stalled vehicles, etc.) and flow (speed and movement of traffic) to weather and events. The information is merged with NAVTECH map data through a data integration process for delivery to an in-vehicle navigation system, PDA or mobile phone through a wireless signal.
Metrocommute’s traffic incident and flow data are key enablers of Navigation Technologies’ four-city traffic trial. The company employs a professional staff of traffic reporters and producers to quickly identify and report incidents that cause delays on the roadways and rail. Metrocommute also utilizes an automated traffic surveillance system to detect and report traffic problems in real-time 24/7.