America News: Total Traffic Network launches traffic info for HD Radio

America News: Total Traffic Network launches traffic info for HD Radio

Clear Channel Radio’s Total Traffic Network has begun transmitting traffic data via HD Radio in 48 of the largest US metropolitan areas.

This launch marks the first commercially available data service over HD Radio, and Clear Channel is working with a variety of receiver manufacturers to make the specially equipped receivers available by the end of this year.

Clear Channel’s Total Traffic Network also announced that it has further expanded its delivery of real-time traffic data over Radio Data System Traffic Message Channel (RDS-TMC) with the addition of nineteen new markets: Albany, NY; Albuquerque, NM; Birmingham, AL; Columbia, SC; Fort Myers, FL; Louisville, KY; Omaha, NE; Portsmouth/Manchester, NH; Richmond, VA; Rochester, NY; Sarasota, FL; Springfield, MA; Syracuse, NY; Toledo, OH; Tucson, AZ; Worcester, MA and Toronto, ON; Ottawa, ON and Montreal, QE in Canada.

Clear Channel’s Total Traffic Network now delivers real-time traffic via RDS-TMC in 68 cities, and plans to add more cities throughout 2007.

Clear Channel’s Total Traffic Network currently provides real-time traffic information to devices made by Garmin, TomTom, Mio-Mitac, Delphi, Kenwood, Clarion, Navigon, Cobra Electronics and Siemens VDO, and supplies traffic content to several media outlets including Citadel Broadcasting, Univision, Fox Interactive Media, and others.

In September 2006, Clear Channel Radio announced a milestone agreement in terms of which BMW of North America became the first automotive brand in the US to offer real-time traffic as a subscription free service included with navigation on select models.

Earlier this year, MINI USA became the second automotive brand to announce such a relationship with Total Traffic Network.

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