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|Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2002 11:35 am Post subject: Navigation Technologies Unveils Real-Time Traffic Solution
|Traffic Solution Demonstration Provides In-Vehicle Incident and Traffic Flow Information on Chicago's Major Roadways
Monday October 14, 10:22 am ET
CHICAGO, Ill., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Navigation Technologies, a leading provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation, Internet/wireless applications and business solutions today announced that it will demonstrate its real-time traffic solution which provides in-vehicle incident and traffic flow information for Chicago's major roadways. The traffic demonstration and solution was initiated by Navigation Technologies and leverages numerous industry partners for content, delivery and in-vehicle systems. The solution will be demonstrated at the 9th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), a global conference and exhibition on transportation technology, taking place in Chicago's Lakeside Center at McCormick Place, October 14-17, 2002.
Navigation Technologies' approach creates an inclusive platform for the aggregation of multiple sources of traffic information from incident and flow to weather and events. The information is combined and merged with NAVTECH® map data through a data fusion process and then delivered to the in-vehicle navigation system through a wireless signal. The solution delivers real-time congestion, incident and road condition information directly to the driver, enabling informed routing decisions.
"We see ourselves acting as a catalyst for a dynamic in-vehicle traffic solution that brings together numerous industry leaders," said John MacLeod, Executive Vice President, North America and World Markets at Navigation Technologies. "Based on our experience in Europe and Japan, we believe that traffic information will increase daily use of navigation and enhance consumer satisfaction."
Navigation Technologies collaborated with numerous industry leaders to make the demonstration and solution a reality. Navigation Technologies and TrafficCast infuse and interpret the data, XM Satellite Radio delivers that data nationwide via satellite and Alpine Electronics of America and Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. provide the navigation systems that bring the solution to life inside the vehicle. Additionally, Nissan North America provided an Infiniti QX4 for the demonstration.
Attendees of the show will have the opportunity to experience the live traffic demonstration by literally driving the roads of Chicago. Participants will experience one of three routes, each originating from McCormick Place, and will see real-time traffic and incident data on the navigation system in the form of icons (construction, accidents and road closures), color-coded streets and/or text information.
"Each of the world class companies we've partnered with provide a unique expertise in their respective arenas," said Chris Page, Product Manager - Traffic, at Navigation Technologies. "This solution is designed specifically for telematics applications. The open architecture allows us to incorporate the highest quality traffic information collected from numerous sources and is expandable as new technology and information become available."
TrafficCast ( www.trafficcast.com ) is the only firm that generates personalized, route-specific real-time and predictive traffic and travel time information for the entire United States. The firm provides current and predicted travel times for more than 400,000 miles coast to coast including Interstate highways, other expressways, and major arterials. By fusing historic traffic patterns, "live" traffic information, weather forecasts, construction and event schedules with accident reports, TrafficCast provides value today, but also has laid the foundation for tomorrow's business in telematics, routing and dispatching, and other location-based consumer and commercial services.
About XM Satellite Radio
XM is transforming radio, an industry that has seen little technological change since FM, almost 40 years ago. XM's programming lineup features 101 coast-to-coast digital channels: 70 music channels, many of them commercial- free, from hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues; and 31 channels of sports, talk, children's and entertainment. XM was named 2001 "Product of the Year" by Fortune, an "Invention of the Year" by Time, won Popular Science's 2001 "Best of What's New" Grand Award in the electronics category, and received a coveted "A" rating from Entertainment Weekly. General Motors recently began selling factory-installed XM radios across 25 different 2003 models. XM is also available on select new vehicles from Honda, Acura, Infiniti, Nissan and Isuzu. XM radios are available at major electronics retailers nationwide. Leading manufacturers such as Sony, Alpine, Pioneer, Delphi and Audiovox offer a broad array of XM radios that easily enable any existing car stereo system. XM's strategic investors include America's leading car, radio and satellite TV companies -- General Motors, American Honda Motor Co. Inc., Clear Channel Communications and DIRECTV. For more information, please visit XM's web site: http://www.xmradio.com .
About Alpine Electronics of America
Alpine Electronics is the world's leading mobile electronics system supplier. Alpine specializes in an integrated platform concept for mobile multimedia with premium components for digital audio/video media playback, digital broadcast reception, security and satellite linked navigation. With research and development facilities in Asia, Europe and the U.S., Alpine is the global leader for in-vehicle navigation systems in Japan, North America and Europe for both after-market and OEM factory installations. Alpine Electronics is a consolidated subsidiary of Alps Electric Co., Ltd., one of the world's premier manufacturers of electronic components for computer, communications and car electronics equipment. Alpine is the Alps Group's specialized supplier of high quality mobile electronics systems. Visit Alpine at www.alpine.com to learn more about mobile multimedia excellence or www.alpine-usa.com to find the closest dealer.
Pioneer's Mobile Entertainment Division is the leading manufacturer of audio, video and information products for in-car use. Its focus is on the development of new digital technologies including visual/audio, navigation, and satellite radio, while maintaining its strong heritage in products for car audio enthusiasts and competitors. The company markets its products under the Pioneer and Premier brand names. When purchased from an authorized dealer, consumers receive a limited warranty for one year with Pioneer products and two years for Premier products.
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its U.S. Web address is www.pioneerelectronics.com . Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation, is a leader in optical disc technology and a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video, computer and cable television equipment for the home, car and business markets. Pioneer Corporation focuses on four core business domains including DVD, display technologies, Digital Network Entertainment and components. Founded in 1938 in Tokyo, Pioneer Corporation and its affiliates employ more than 31,000 people worldwide. Its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: PIO - News).
About Navigation Technologies
Navigation Technologies creates the digital maps that power navigation and location-based services around the world. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and is privately held. The company's 1,200 employees are in over 100 offices in 18 countries. For more information, visit www.navtech.com .
PR contacts for North America: Bob Richter, 1-212 802-8588, firstname.lastname@example.org and Liz Meagher, 1-312 894-7127, email@example.com
NAVTECH is a registered US trademark of Navigation Technologies Corporation.
TRADEMARKS: TrafficCast is the trademark or registered trademark of TrafficCast, Inc. All other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
Joined: 10 Oct 2002
|Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2002 8:58 pm Post subject:
|One thing I noticed about traffic reports is the dependence on local landmarks. Now, on my recent trips, I depend on traffic reports to get around or through New York City. Fortunately, I used to live there so I'm somewhat familiar with the local names. Boston is really bad. They talk about "the gas tanks" and there's only one - and a visitor will have no idea where, on I-93, the following landmarks are:
The Lower Deck, The curve, Mass Ave, The Split, The Leverett Bypass, The Lane Drop,. How about "Storrow Drive is back through it's tunnel". Well, on a map, you'll have no idea where the tunnel is.
But an XM add-on that would do local traffic via the terrestrial repeaters (what good is SF traffic in NY?) would be very useful. Actually, it would make AM/FM totally irrelevant for me since it's traffic and weather that are the only thing they can give me that XM can't. (and even weather is somewhat covered).