XM Debuts Traffic Service for Car Navigation Systems

XM Debuts Traffic Service for Car Navigation Systems
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XM Satellite Radio is getting deeper into the traffic arena. It unveiled a satellite traffic information service for vehicle navigation systems at the New York International Auto Show.
Called XM NavTraffic, the service uses Navteq Traffic, which provides digital map data for navigation systems.
XM says NavTraffic is the first satellite traffic information service that allows a navigation system to display current traffic info for a driver's chosen route. It will debut this fall as a feature of the 2005 Acura RL. It displays information about traffic incidents, average traffic speed along specific roadways and estimated travel times based on traffic conditions.
XM Radio satellites and terrestrial repeaters deliver the route-specific information to the cars.
General Motors plans to offer XM NavTraffic as an option on some 2005 Cadillac CTS vehicles later this year.
The satcaster will offer the service as a premium to subscribers and said pricing would be announced before launch. Traffic information for 20 markets is to be aired nationally this fall: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco/Oakland, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington.
XM and Navteq plan to add more markets.

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