NAVTEQ announced today that Verizon Wireless has selected their Traffic Mobile application to power its new traffic service available today on its newest VZ Navigator (Version 4) service.
Verizon Wireless is the first wireless provider to feature NAVTEQ Traffic Mobile, enabling customers to access live traffic data on their mobile devices in more than 75 cities across the U.S., including visual notification of incidents and congestion that allow drivers to see potential traffic delays and avoid traffic problems.
VZ Navigator (Version 4) is available today for $9.99 for unlimited monthly access or $2.99 for one-day use.
Of course with an open architecture, you can get many services free.
Google Maps now features traffic congestion maps and lets you know how long a drive might take in rush-hour traffic, for a limited set of metropolitan areas.
Traffic congestion maps produce a graphical, realtime or near-realtime representation of traffic flow. They generally utilize loop sensors embedded in the roadways, with the data freely available by a variety of state transportation authorities.
Traffic.com, a NAVTEQ company, is a leading provider of personalized traffic information and has launched JamCast for real-time traffic video in 30 metropolitan areas across the U.S.. JamCast features patented Jam Factor roadway traffic measurements that allow commuters to easily understand the relative congestion level with a number on a scale from 1 to 10.
If your results include a button for “Take Public Transit,” Google Transit will spell out directions to the closest station or bus stop, including schedule information.
Microsoft has a Web-based service that helps users avoid traffic jams. The new service’s software technology, called Clearflow (pdf), was developed at the company’s Research lab and will be freely available as part of the company’s Live.com site (maps.live.com) for 72 cities in the United States.
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