America News: XM NavTraffic expands in US and Canada

America News:  XM NavTraffic expands in US and Canada

XM’s real-time traffic information service for GPS navigation is now available to XM NavTraffic subscribers in fifty major North American markets, including three Canadian cities.

The six new XM NavTraffic markets are: Fresno, CA; Jacksonville, FL; Montreal, QB; Salt Lake City, UT; Toronto, ON; and Vancouver, BC.

In addition, Portland, OR now has expanded coverage with traffic flow data available allowing drivers to see how fast the traffic is moving.

XM NavTraffic feeds incident data directly to a vehicle's GPS navigation system via XM's satellite pipeline. Where available, XM NavTraffic also provides traffic flow information, indicating the average speed of travel along the driver's planned route.

The traffic data is aggregated by NAVTEQ Traffic from data sources that include police and emergency services, commercial traffic data providers, road sensors, traffic cameras, eyewitness reports, and real-time aircraft surveillance reports.

NavTraffic is available as a factory-installed feature on new models from Acura (MDX, RDX, RL, TL), Cadillac (CTS), Infiniti (G35 Sedan), Lexus (LS 460 L, LS 460, LS 600h L), and Nissan (Altima), as well as through a number of aftermarket and handheld units from Alpine, Garmin, Kenwood and Pioneer Electronics.

Selected as the 2005 “Best Consumer Vehicle Application” by Telematics Update, XM NavTraffic is expected to be available in 200,000 vehicles by the end of 2008.

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