August 29, 2006

More News on Dash - Aware GPS Systems

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In more news on Dash, we learn a bit more about the company that takes up residence in Mountain View CA. With only 44 employees that have been working for the last 3 years on what they hope to be a ground breaking product and service, they sure are making a splash in the news. As BusinessWeek talked this past weekend, and I posted yesterday, Dash is looking at networking location aware equipment to that you learn about traffic jams from other GPS users.

Your GPS will learn real-tie traffic issues from others on the road ahead of you. I did a patent search and found a few issued patents on car networks and ways for onboard devices to communicate.


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August 18, 2006

Traffic.com Ups Ante with Expanded Coverage

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So who knew that the traffic data provider business was so competitive? Traffic.com has announced new expanded coverage of secondary roads using what they call “Probe Data”, which means anonymous signals from GPS navigation system enabled vehicles (fleet vehicles), toll tags, and cellular signals to help them get a better picture of traffic conditions. I don’t know which system is better but “Probe Data” doesn’t sound as cool as Inrix’s “Dust Network” which works on a similar principle of collecting data from fleets of GPS equipped trucks. Traffic.com claims to be the biggest and the best, Inrix, the up and comer. Either way, consumers are the winners. Battle it out, improve traffic reporting and get me to my destination faster, thank you very much. Information from Traffic.com’s press release is below.

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July 27, 2006

Traffic.com Second Quarter Results - Revenue Up 18%

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Traffic.com, announced financial results for the second quarter 2006, with revenue of $14.4 million, an increase of 18.4% from $12.1 million in the second quarter of 2005. The Company reported a net loss of $4.7 million, or $0.23 per share, in the second quarter of 2006, compared to a net loss of $8.9 million, or $2.80 per share, in the second quarter of 2005. Breakeven looks like it is coming for these guys. For the GPS user, it's good to see these types of companies survive and expand their networks so we can use the traffic data to our advantage.

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Traffic.com Adds Coverage to 10 Metro Areas

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Traffic.com announced that the Company has expanded its geographic coverage from 40 to 50 U.S. metropolitan areas. More than 120 million drivers now have access to free, real-time traffic information online and on-the-go. Traffic.com’s 10 new metropolitan areas are Albany, NY; Birmingham, AL; Greensboro, NC; Indianapolis, IN; Louisville, KY; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; Raleigh-Durham, NC; Tulsa, OK; and Tucson, AZ. The expanded coverage enhances Traffic.com’s nationwide solutions and services supplied to business partners, government agencies, and consumers.

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July 13, 2006

Traffic.com and AOL ink Deal - Traffic Feeds on AOL

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In a couple of traffic news items today, Traffic.com has been selected to be the traffic feed provider to AOL, and they also just signed a $3.3 Mil deal to put in traffic sensors around Philly and Pittsburgh. The AOL deal is significant as it will deliver its TrafficOne™ solution, which will be co-branded across the AOL site. Detailed, accurate traffic information for major metropolitan areas across the U.S. will include Traffic.com’s incident, flow data, and Jam Factor® reports and trending measurements. The my traffic.com suite of services will provide this information to AOL users online, on-demand or on-the-go, giving drivers exactly the information they need--when, where and how they want.

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July 3, 2006

Garmin and Traffic.com Team up on Garmin Mobile 20

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Traffic.com and Garmin team up on Garmin Mobile 20 to bring you up to the minute traffic data to your mobile phone. Traffic.com will provide Garmin Mobile 20 users with traffic data in 50 metro markets across the country. Traffic.com has a decent array of tools and data collection that make it a solid destination for you to learn more about how traffic will impact your commute of road trip, even if you don’t have Garmin’s Mobile 20 product.

"Real-time traffic information is leading the expansion of the consumer navigation services market and we are thrilled to announce Garmin -- a widely respected industry leader -- has chosen our traffic content exclusively to integrate into its GPS-based Mobile 20 device," said Robert N. Verratti, chief executive officer, Traffic.com, Inc. "By partnering with us and our unique mobile advertising network, Garmin will be able to provide our accurate, detailed traffic information as a free, standard feature."

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June 26, 2006

Traffic.com to Expand Atlanta Traffic Sensor Network

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If you own a GPS equipped with traffic sensors, then you know how these can help you navigate the ever expanding traffic snarls these days, and it you have ever driven in Atlanta, you know that it’s bad there. Well it appears that Atlanta will be getting better coverage in the near future to feed your need for traffic information. Traffic.com plans to install these sensors along major expressways, including I-20, around the Atlanta metropolitan area by the summer of 2007.

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June 2, 2006

Traffic.com Launches Real Time Traffic on Windows Live Local

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Traffic.com is working hard to make sure you know what traffic is like on the roads you travel. Their site has real-time traffic feeds, and now their feeds are featured on Windows Live Local. Windows Live Local users can view interactive maps, obtain driving directions, and create customized lists of local points of interest. Enhancing this relatively static location-based content, Traffic.com’s dynamic traffic information provides up-to-the-minute flow and incident updates displayed on interactive maps for 35 major metropolitan areas across the U.S. Geographic expansion will continue with future version releases. The speed data is limited to a few cities, so while you may be able to see that there are accidents in Cincinnati, OH, you will actually be able to see color coded speed indicators on highways in Boston.

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May 28, 2006

INRIX Dust Network - Another Leap in Traffic Prediction

Inrix has been an interesting innovator on the bleeding edge of traffic reporting in the US. They have just announced a major initiative that incorporates information from GPS enabled fleets that radio back traffic conditions to the mother ship which then turns that information into real time traffic reports and ultimately predictions for the rest of us. If you didn't think that getting fancy math to predict traffic conditions was cool enough, how about incorporating information from a half a million vehicles in a commercial fleet to feed you traffic data. Wow. GPS already does directions but the future is traffic incorporation and optimized route navigation based on traffic flow. Right now the future of traffic looks like Inrix.

According to one article online, " Inrix's service will be available soon on web portals like MSN Auto, Cingular cell phones and in-car GPS systems like TomTom." Inrix has a deal with TeleAtlas, which supplies data to TomTom, Cobra and Mio, but not Garmin or Magellan. Uh-oh. Actually, Garmin and Magellan work with NAVTEQ who works with Traffic.com to get traffic feeds based on sensor data. This sensor data is geographically limited, and thus, the Inrix Dust Network has the potential to jump over this sensor based data feed capability.


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February 2, 2006

XM Satellite Traffic Expands to Nine New Cities

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XM Satellite Radio,announced that XM NavTraffic, the first nationwide satellite traffic information service for GPS navigation systems, will add nine U.S. metro markets in the first quarter of 2006. This addition brings the total number of markets covered by XM NavTraffic to 31. XM NavTraffic currently delivers real-time traffic information for drivers in 22 markets from New York to Los Angeles. The award-winning technology was also recently selected as a 2005 "Best Consumer Vehicle Application" by the leading telematics industry organization Telematics Update.

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