Garmin, Inrix Partner on Traffic Data via U.K. DAB

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Garmin, Inrix Partner on Traffic Data via U.K. DAB

Sep 4, 2012 3:56 PM, By Doug Irwin, CPBE DRB

Sep 3, 2012 - Garmin is teaming with Inrix to provide up-to-the-minute traffic information across the DAB (Digital Audio Broadcast) network in the U.K. By leveraging the latest DAB technology, Inrix will help Garmin deliver better, more detailed live traffic data, updated more frequently and without an Internet connection. This new generation of Garmin 3D Traffic Live will provide Garmin customers access to fully featured live traffic information without any subscription costs.

Garmin says DAB across the U.K. offers two main advantages, in comparison to TMC (Traffic Message Channel) or the GSM network, which has been used so far to provide live traffic information. Larger data volumes (about 80x higher bandwidth than TMC) are submitted, which results in traffic that is more accurate, covers a broader geographic area, and more detailed than previously possible. In addition, Garmin says it is increasing the speed of updates of live traffic information to every minute, over twice as fast in comparison to current services. This real-time information provides drivers with earlier warning to traffic incidents helping them to avoid frustrating delays.

The United Kingdom will be the first market where Garmin will introduce the new technology. This is expected to be on the recently announced Dezl 760, which is available at the end of 2012.

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