The 2012 Audi A6 will pack the world's first internet-connected navigation system when it goes on sale in Europe this summer, and unlike systems currently available from other OEMs and the aftermarket, traffic and incident data has the potential to be the most comprehensive and up-to-date.
Integrating INRIX's XD Traffic with MMI and Audi's Online Services, the system will provide real-time traffic information, alerting drivers to accidents along their route and provide turn-by-turn directions that take traffic information into account. Data is provided by a Bluetooth connection to an internet-connected mobile phone, allowing the nav to tap into INRIX's Smart Driver Network comprised of over four-million GPS-enabled vehicles and mobile devices. All told INRIX has most major highways, urban and rural areas in Europe and North America covered, and those of us in the States should get a taste of the system later this year. Full details in the press blast below.
First TPEG Over IP-based Pan-European Real-Time Traffic Service Debuts in the 2011 Audi A6
Palermo, Italy – January 24, 2011-Audi AG and INRIX, the leading provider of traffic and driver services, announced Audi has selected INRIX's XD™ Traffic to help further the company's Audi Connect strategy with real-time traffic information for its navigation systems starting with the mid-2011 model year. At a launch event today for the 2011 Audi A6, the automaker demonstrated how Audi vehicles connected to the Internet via Audi Online Services will use XD Traffic to provide motorists with real-time traffic information, traffic-influenced turn-by-turn directions and alerts to accidents and other incidents along their route.
"Audi is continuously looking for ways to harness the benefits of the latest technologies to improve the driving experience for our customers," said Ulrich Beeskow, Head of Development for Connected Navigation, Audi AG. "Traffic is no exception. The combination of INRIX's XD Traffic and Connected Services platform helps Audi become the first car manufacturer in the world to deliver a high quality and reliable connected navigation systems our customers can count on to always find the best route and avoid unforeseen delays along the way."
"Audi and INRIX are known as technology innovators so it's only natural that we're collaborating on the design and delivery of a highly advanced traffic-powered navigation solution for their customers," said Bryan Mistele, INRIX president and CEO. "The accelerated development and integration of XD Traffic with Audi's MMI navigation system fuels Audi navigation with the best pan-European real-time traffic information available. Our collaboration advances the automaker's reputation as an industry leader in bringing the latest technical breakthroughs to drivers everywhere."
INRIX XD Traffic debuts on the new Audi MMI with Online Traffic available with today's launch of the 2011 Audi A6. The announcement represents the first product launch in the collaborations between Audi, INRIX and the automaker's hardware and software suppliers to deliver real-time traffic information to Audi's connected navigation systems. Delivered via INRIX's Connected Services platform, the service will be available initially in select European countries as part of an options package that includes Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity.
As a key component of a unique suite of Audi Online services, XD Traffic combines real-time traffic information from INRIX's Smart Driver Network of more than 4 million GPS-enabled vehicles and mobile devices with insights from hundreds of public and private sources to recommend the best routes as well as provide reliable travel journey times and ETAs. Covering major highways, motorways, city streets and secondary roads in countries across Europe and North America, XD Traffic continuously monitors traffic conditions along drivers' routes delivering up to the minute alerts to accidents, road works and other incidents as well as recommending how to best navigate around them.
INRIX® is a leading provider of highly accurate traffic and driver services, with more than 120 customers and industry partners including the Ford Motor Company, Toyota, Audi AG, MapQuest, Microsoft, NAVIGON AG, TeleNav, I-95 Corridor Coalition, Tele Atlas, TTI, deCarta, TCS, Telmap, ANWB and ADAC. INRIX's strategic partnerships across Europe extend the delivery of the highest quality data and broadest coverage available for personal navigation, mapping, telematics and other location-based service applications in the car, online and on mobile devices.
INRIX Traffic Services leverage sophisticated statistical analysis techniques, originally developed by Microsoft Research, to aggregate and enhance traffic-related information from hundreds of public and private sources, including traditional road sensors and the company's unique network of more than 4 million GPS-enabled vehicles and cellular devices. INRIX delivers highly accurate real-time and historical traffic information today for 20 countries across North America and Europe. To experience the traffic technology revolution behind the next generation of navigation and location-based service applications, visit www.inrix.com.