BMW vehicles to offer real-time traffic information

By Lee Kaelin on October 25, 2011, 9:30 AM

BMW is set to become the first vehicle manufacturer offering real-time traffic information (RTTI) integrated into their professional navigation system. The feature will be available for free on all new BMWs fitted with the company's ConnectedDrive system and Bluetooth telephone preparation with telematics.

BMW's new real-time traffic information system works by combining TPEG (Transport Protocol Expert Group) with a GSM cellular network. Using a SIM card built into the vehicle, traffic information can be transmitted and displayed on a navigation map in real-time using an easily interpreted colour-coding system.

BMW used color-coding to indicate how well the traffic is flowing, giving users advance warnings of any accidents, congestion or other disruptions. Road networks can be divided into distances as short as 0.3 of a mile and data is automatically updated every 3 minutes, allowing the driver to monitor whether the traffic situation is improving or getting worse. With destination guidance activated the system also monitors traffic flow for alternative routes on your journey.

The technology is reportedly capable of recommending for or against alternative routes whilst simultaneously monitoring the original route to see if conditions have changed. The idea is to let drivers know if choosing a different route will actually offer any time savings over continuing through heavier traffic on the original route.

As an added bonus, BMW owners will also be able to plan routes online from almost any internet enabled device with the same real-time traffic information. Real-time traffic information is available as an option on all new European BMWs now, with American BMW models expected to get the same option in the future.

The German car maker is also working on a more advanced car-to-x communication system that alows vehicles to exchange information with each other or with roadside infrastructure such as traffic lights. It will work over long-range wireless networks and mobile phone connections to provide users with more detailed real-time information not only for proactive safety and accident prevention but also for greater driving efficiency.




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KG363 KG363 said:

my hyundai genesis already has something like this in it's gps

Arris Arris said:

Pretty sure google navigation has implemented this too.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

My iPhone TomTom app already does this? albeit, I do have to pay extra for it.

Even so, never been a big fan of BMW. They have gained a rather bad reputation, or at least here in the UK they have.

I much prefer an Audi, more comfortable and I see less Audi's broken down on the motorway than BMW's.

On a Side note I own a brand new Vauxhall Corsa SRI, I know it looks a bit "Chavy" but I got it for a very good price and since petrol over here litterally cost's more than an arm AND Leg, it is rather fuel friendly

learninmypc learninmypc said:

My iPhone TomTom app already does this? albeit, I do have to pay extra for it.

Even so, never been a big fan of BMW. They have gained a rather bad reputation, or at least here in the UK they have.

I much prefer an Audi, more comfortable and I see less Audi's broken down on the motorway than BMW's.

On a Side note I own a brand new Vauxhall Corsa SRI, I know it looks a bit "Chavy" but I got it for a very good price and since petrol over here litterally cost's more than an arm AND Leg, it is rather fuel friendly

Nice looking vehicle

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

learninmypc said:

Nice looking vehicle

Yeah its alright, bit of a rough ride on the uk roads due to the massive wheels and lowered ride height but the 1.4 100bhp engine is pretty torque'ie for such an engine, its not fast (0-60 10.3 seconds) by any means but since i get around 56miles per gallon, I'm not complaining wish I had got the 1.7 turbo diesel engine though, 0-60 8.3 seconds which is much better and it gets around 60-65 miles per gallon!

oooww well, it was my first new car, I guess when I go to trade it in for another new one in 3 years time I can get a diesel then unless I do have the money to get a fast petrol which probably won't happen

Arris Arris said:

On a Side note I own a brand new Vauxhall Corsa SRI, I know it looks a bit "Chavy" but I got it for a very good price and since petrol over here litterally cost's more than an arm AND Leg, it is rather fuel friendly

Haha, even though I'm in from the UK I still read that as "Chevy" given that Chevrolet and Vauxhall/Opel use the same platforms

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Arris said:

On a Side note I own a brand new Vauxhall Corsa SRI, I know it looks a bit "Chavy" but I got it for a very good price and since petrol over here litterally cost's more than an arm AND Leg, it is rather fuel friendly

Haha, even though I'm in from the UK I still read that as "Chevy" given that Chevrolet and Vauxhall/Opel use the same platforms

LOL!!!

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