TomTom has released the latest version of its real-time traffic information service, HD Traffic, at the IFA international consumer electronics trade fair in Berlin, Germany. The new 6.0 offers version of HD Traffic gives more precise information about roadworks, road closures and jam locations, with the company stating that the locations of traffic jams on highways are reported five times more accurately than with the previous version of the system, and up to 15 times more precisely then industry standard Traffic Message Channels (TMC). The new version is now available in Germany and The Netherlands, and will be available in 23 countries before the end of 2012.
The company’s real-time ‘crowd-sourced’ driving community automatically detects road closures and roadworks, even when they are not reported by official sources. Tests indicate that up to 65% more closed roads are identified when using HD Traffic 6.0 compared to the 5.0 version. Up to 90% of roadwork reports that come from governmental and journalistic sources are now corrected automatically by the company’s updated service. The HD Traffic system has recently been accredited by the international testing and certification organization, the TÜV SÜD Group, for providing highly accurate and precise jam information on highways, A-roads and all main roads.
Launching the new version, Ralf-Peter Schaefer, head of traffic at TomTom, said, “We are committed to the continual improvement of the accuracy and precision of our real-time traffic information service. HD Traffic 6.0 is testimony to that, giving our customers improved routing, making their journey faster, safer and more enjoyable.”
3 September 2012
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