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Topic # 73830 23-Dec-2010 11:31 Send private message

Yesterday we officially announced nationwide AA Traffic availability on TomTom as well as for free on the AA Maps and AA Roadwatch websites.

Essentially what this means is that if you have one of the new TomTom Go Live 1000 or Go Live 1050 PND's you can now get real time traffic information anywhere that the Vodafone built in SIM card can get a connection.

In the past a lot of people (probably not Geekzone members) used to say they didn't need nav because they knew their way around. We predicted that in the future real time traffic would change that perspective because traffic congestion is a real problem. You may know your way around, but you don't know what obstacles might stop you from getting where you want to be and you also may not know an alternative route, or that route could also have its own problems.

I've had the opportunity to use a Go 1000 for a week now and I have to say I love it. It tells me what impact congestion is going to have on my journey and it gives me information where and when I need it. So many times in the past when I've been heading up north, or wanting to go over the Kopu Bridge, I've struggled with the question of which way do I go. Often there are signs for example going north saying take SH 16, but I know that is just a blanket suggestion based on history. Now I know what is really happening. A couple of years ago I got stuck on SH2 heading South from Hastings to the Wairarapa. I was stuck for 2 hours as police and fire dealt to a serious car accident. With the new TomTom I would have got to my destination at least an hour earlier despite having to travel further.

Check it out on this TV One news clip from last night.




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Reply # 420923 23-Dec-2010 11:32 Send private message

I forgot to mention that NZ is the first country outside of Western Europe to get TomTom HD Traffic. We achieved that because of the high standard of the GeoSmart data and services.




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  Reply # 420956 23-Dec-2010 12:44 Send private message

Will we see this functionality in the iPhone TomTom software any time soon?

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Reply # 420957 23-Dec-2010 12:44 Send private message

How does this differ from the traffic info I get on my Navman MY75T?




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  Reply # 420967 23-Dec-2010 13:17 Send private message

You might want to consider some sort of crowdsourcing of this sort of data as well, ala foursquare/twitter.

The message to the central db could contain, current location, time, current speed provided by gps/trigged cell towers in phone/gps unit, or manually.

Could also add comments.

I suppose by pushin it out to phones (iphone and android, you would quickly get a much better traffic picture).

Access to this service could be free to those who subscribe to providing free updates to the server...

Hope this helps,

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  Reply # 420995 23-Dec-2010 14:14 Send private message

jonherries: You might want to consider some sort of crowdsourcing of this sort of data as well, ala foursquare/twitter.


The data already comes from thousands of vehicles on those roads, with some clever algorithms to collate it all together.






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  Reply # 421099 23-Dec-2010 20:09 Send private message

I have no idea if HD Traffic will come to TomTom on iPhone




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  Reply # 421100 23-Dec-2010 20:12 Send private message

The Navman 75T uses RDS-TMC broadcast technology to receive traffic incident alerts in greater Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, whereas the TomTom has a SIM card and therefore works nationally.




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  Reply # 423181 1-Jan-2011 15:31 Send private message

I've been using this for a couple of weeks too - I noticed a big improvement in traffic advice abut a week ago. Prior to that it was motorways only. Now even the most minor of arterial roads are included in the traffic.
The traffic aspect can work well, and I agree - it has the potential to make this device worthwhile for nearly everyone. However, even though the updates are quick, sometimes they are not quick enough. There is about a 20 - 30 minute delay in the device receiving info, so sometimes you'll be warned of a 6 minute delay ahead only to find that by the time you get there there's no delay at all. A couple of days ago a crash closed SH1 and I was correctly advised of a traffic jam at that point, but for whatever reason it didn't register that the road was actually closed and so it didn't reroute me as it should have. It works a lot better with peak flow traffic, but then maybe that's what IQ Routes are for.
The web-only management tools have yet to be implemented, so as yet a lot of functionality isn't there (even the map updater doesn't seem to work as it won't update my maps to the latest), and even though it's web-only management they haven't got any connector to use with Linux, and they have done something so I can't even use the USB passthrough in a Virtualbox.

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