Clear Channel-owned Total Traffic & Weather Network has been named the 2014 Telematics Update award winner for Best Navigation Solution. This is the second consecutive year, and third time overall, that TTWN has been awarded by the auto industry for this achievement, according to the company.
The Telematics Update awards recognize leading players in the telematics space during Telematics Detroit, being held now. Winners were chosen from 500 nominations.
The Best Navigation Solution Award represents the growth of TTWN’s products and services in-car over the past decade. First, with the implementation of RDS-TMC in BMW vehicles in 2006; and over the past two years with the introduction of a rich-content HD, IP-connected traffic and iHeartRadio implementation with Lexus and Toyota.
“Total Traffic & Weather Network received kudos from the judges for bringing together not only weather and traffic, but many other attractive and useful services,” according to Telematics Update officials.
This year’s award win focused on TMC metric offsets technology for TTWN’s real-time and predictive traffic services. The new technology uses TPEG protocol over HD Radio allowing for greater granularity when plotting incident information and related flow conditions onto digital maps, helping consumers make better commuting decisions, according to Clear Channel. With TMC metric offsets, pinpointing where an incident is (within 500 meters) allows routing engines in navigation software to more precisely provide time-to-destination information.
The greater accuracy of the incident and flow conditions provides a better consumer experience and more precise travel delay time, says the broadcaster. In addition, the technology is agnostic to any TMC map an automotive or consumer OEM would like to use, making it available on more platforms.