First Garmin PND With HD Digital Traffic to Debut at Radio Show
At the Radio Show this week, Garmin will unveil what it says is
its first Personal Navigation Device to include HD Digital Traffic.
The traffic data are distributed within the HD Radio signals of
stations that belong to the Broadcaster
The nüvi 3490 LMT is
described as Garmin’s flagship Personal Navigation Device. Available for
pre-order, it will ship to retailers in October and lists for around $400.
The digital data pipe can transport more data than analog FM, according
to iBiquity Digital and the BTC; so the unit can provide faster updates and
more detailed overage of alternative routes around an accident.
“The software is populating the maps as you travel,” iBiquity’s
Steven Baldacci told Radio World. “The BTC stations are sending traffic updates
to the device. With digital, it means you get faster accident data. Rather than
being stuck in traffic because you didn’t get the update, you avoid the mess.”
Updates are made every 30 seconds, which Garmin says is as much
as 10 times faster than traditional traffic receivers.
BTC has established a nationwide network for HD Digital
distribution. BTC President Paul Brenner told Radio World: “Every broadcaster
involved in the BTC has worked hard to make this partnership successful.
Digital radio enables innovative product development like this Garmin device.”
He called it a chance to showcase digital radio’s potential for non-audio
Garmin HD Digital Traffic also will be available as an upgrade
to other Garmin products through an adapter. The GTM 60 delivers HD Digital
Traffic to several existing and planned nüvi models, by downloading included
Garmin will have a display in Chicago at the HD Radio/iBiquity
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