June 5, 2008

Inrix Evolves Capabilities, Major Coverage


Inrix is upping the traffic ante again with some new capabilities that should continue to evolve your ability to avoid traffic. Their new 3G engine is coming with some features that make INrix equipped GPS devices more adaptable to what consumers seem to need:

More Coverage - Inrix is expanding its coverage of road miles to over 800,000 miles with integrated data sources including fleet data, and road sensors.

Time Intelligent Routing - The new system will look ahead to see what traffic conditions will be like when you are traveling, not just what the traffic conditions are at the time you set up the route. Things change, and the Inrix engine can predict those changes with its historical information.

Inrix is currently loaded in into the Dash Express. We'll be interested to see the capabilities evolve.

Press release follows...

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May 19, 2008

NAVTEQ Upgrades Traffic Patterns Offering


NAVTEQ has updated their Historical Average Speed product, called NAVTEQ Traffic patterns, including more connector roads to stretch out coverage to over a million miles of roadways across North America. The Traffic Patterns product was announced back in February 2007, and announced a partnership to product GPS units with the data through Intellinav this past January.

So let's review:

  • Dash Navigation has a deal with TeleAtlas for maps, who has a deal with Inrix for historical Average Speed data.
  • TomTom has the new TomTom GO 730 and GO 930 with "IQ Routes" that have a proprietary database of speeds gathered through its TomTom HOME application when you sync your TomTom and allow them to capture anonymous user data (opt in). TomTom uses TeleAtlas, but not Inrix. Oh yea, and TomTom is buying TeleAtlas.
  • Google Maps is using historical average speeds allowing you to "forecast" your time of travel and see the corresponding traffic issues based on Historical Average Speeds.
  • Garmin uses NAVTEQ maps and I had hoped for an entry from Garmin already using Historical Average Speeds to round out the pack.

More on the NAVTEQ upgrade from its Press Release.....

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April 23, 2008

Inrix Expands Traffic Network to Europe


Inrix is taking on Europe as the next big traffic solution to go after. Teaming up with ARC Transistance, the leading network of European automobile clubs and mobility organizations across 43 European countries and territories, gives Inrix the capability to access the market, and improve the capabilities based on their technology platform and data handling capabilities. Right now, this might not mean much to you in your morning commute tomorrow, but as this partnership grows, the learning and the approach to traffic will undoubtedly create better models and solutions for drivers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Inrix supplies data to most traffic enabled GPS units through the TMC traffic data network.

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April 17, 2008

Google Predictive Traffic


Ahhh, things are getting very interesting. Google has launched the capability to look at what traffic will most likely be like at certain times of the day, all through the week. Pick the day, and the simple slider allows you to pick what time you want to see results for. Color coding can tell you how fast the traffic is moving.

You can not figure out how long your trip will be with that traffic...... yet; I am sure that this is coming.

This technology is based on history and something called Historical Average Speeds.

Go check out Google Maps and click on traffic.

Jim - Thanks for sending this in.

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April 16, 2008

Traffic Forecast with the Weather?

Inrix has another announcement and they are now selling their traffic data to a company that bundles information and sells it to TV stations. So, you might just be waking up to a better traffic report soon using some good traffic data.

"Viewers tune in for fresh and vital information every day, seeking out relevant and reliable traffic and weather reports," said Bill Dow, vice-president, Media Product Management at WSI Corporation. "More than any other story, we depend on traffic and weather news because we're concerned about how daily events can disrupt our lives. What brings us to the screen is information that INRIX and WSI can comprehensively provide to viewers day after day."

More after the jump....

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April 14, 2008

Inrix - Nationwide Traffic Alerts - 100,000 Miles of Roads Reached

Inrix is starting to cover more and more roads again with Nationwide Traffic Alerts. Pretty interesting stuff here, as they have incorporated their Smart Dust Network of GPS Probe vehicles, and recently added anonymous cell phone data to monitor the "health" or roadways that don't have road sensor monitors, and when things slow down or stop, alerts can be sent out to Inrix's customers, including MapQuest.

"More and more MapQuest users are planning trips online and Nationwide Traffic Alerts will make destination planning even more convenient. MapQuest users will be able to get information about unusual traffic congestion as it happens, as well as highway construction and planned traffic impeding events while online or have alerts sent directly to their mobile devices," said Christian Dwyer, Senior Vice President and General Manager of MapQuest. "INRIX continues to innovate and is committed to providing the most comprehensive set of traffic data in the U.S. "

This means that areas outside of traditionally covered roads can be covered for traffic incident issues.

If this data also finds its way to Inrix's other customers such as the TMC network (as far as the FM signal can carry), or the mobile phone partners such as TeleNav.

Press release follows.......

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April 3, 2008

TrafficCast Bringing Data to Mobium

If you are familiar with the idea of aggregating traffic data then you'll recognize what TrafficCast is doing. They recently announced a deal with GeoMicro to get their real-time traffic data as well as historical speeds onto consumer based applications. Previously available to professional drivers, the capability is poised to be the must-have feature for high end GPS navigations systems.

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March 19, 2008

Inrix in Deal for MapQuest Traffic Maps


Inrix and Mapquest are in a deal that put Inrix enabled traffic and flow patterns on the MapQuest portal site. The deal represents getting 5X more miles of roads and more markets covered than other map portals (Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, etc). As more and more people realize that these services are out there and can really help you, quality of the data and pure coverage is going to drive decision making. Inrix has the capability to house and offer historical average speeds and predictive traffic that will eventually allow the MapQuest user to do some pretty sophisticated planning of trips. I very much look forward to that day.

The capability was live yesterday and I was able to check it out; and like they said in the press release below, better coverage is key. The traffic feature is also available on MapQuest Navigator, a for fee navigation service for mobile phones.

Press Release is below.

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January 29, 2008

Inrix Plans I-95/East Coast Project

Big news on Inrix today for those weary drivers who drive I-95 and a core part of the east coast on a regular basis. The WSJ is reporting that the I-95 Coalition will announce today that they are working with Inrix to provide traffic data along the east coast including 2,500-mile continuous stretch of I-95 from New Jersey to North Carolina. The move lends some credibility to the Inrix model that relies not only on road sensors but on anonymous GPS probe vehicles (think GPS equipped trucks, and fleet vehicles) to assess traffic speed.

This particular deal will have the Departments of Transportation receiving Inrix data, and displaying the information about incidents and more importantly traffic flow on their own internet sites, and road signage. The coalition will also be getting historical speed data too, which may help them plan differently giving related firms the intelligence to send out trucks when traffic is expected to be better, relieving congestion for the rest of us.

Inrix data will be collected and can be sent to you through the Clear Channel network to numerous GPS units using the TMC network, or the TomTom PLUS system using mobile phones as a data feed. Inrix data can also be had on TeleNav phone services.

The WSJ also reports that traffic jams cost Americans $78 billion in lost time and wasted gasoline. Think about that; it’s half of the proposed amount for those economy boosting checks that we hope will start showing up from the government this spring.

The article appears on page D5 today of the WSJ. Thanks Jim for sending this in.

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January 12, 2008

CES Round-Up - Where GPS is Going

There is always a lot happening at CES, and this year is no different, but in looking at the models that came out of CES and where the GPS world has changed I think that it can boil it down to four things:

1) Connected GPS - With Dash going pre-sale recently, TomTom launching TomTom HD in the Netherlands, and now Magellan getting on the connected bandwagon, there is a strong move to the connected GPS. Now it remains to be seen if the market will develop for a unit that is at the high end of the market in terms of price and comes with a monthly fee. See my post on Connected GPS: The Next Generation.

2) BIGGER SCREENS - A lot of GPS makers must have been at the same focus group. While Garmin had the StreetPilot 7200 out a while ago with a 7 inch screen, these new units are coming out with a nice in-between size of 4.8 - 5.2 inches. Noticeably larger than the widescreen units on the market today. The Garmin Nuvi 5000 is the biggie in their line now. With all that screen real estate, I wonder how the battery life will be driving all of those beautiful pixels.

3) Better traffic with Historical Average Speeds - the capability to jam down a database of historical average speeds onto a GPS has been there for a while now, but has not debuted. With the advent of higher bandwidth connections and Historical Average Speeds, traffic solutions will take a big jump; combine that with a connected GPS model where other drivers act as traffic probes, and you;ve got a step change over the TMC solution on the market today. Magellan Maestro Elite 5340 + GPRS has Historical Average Speeds as a feature. Also Navteq announced that they are working with Intellinav to put historical average speeds on devices..... that's two makers with historical average speeds supplied by Navteq, the map maker for Garmin; their entry must be on the way.

4) 3-D Mapping - Forgot to mention this in the original version, but three dimensional maps with renderings of buildings and terrain are coming to the US, and hopefully soon. TeleAtlas is collecting info on what buildings look like, and is including it in Maps of the US. NavnGo demo'd the capability at CES; they currently supply several GPS makers with software. They also use TeleAtlas maps. It is expected that true 3-D with renderings of buildings will make for an easier navigation experience through urban areas.

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