DAB offers “faster” traffic information

Toyota has announced a new traffic information service using DAB technology, which they say will deliver information five times faster than analogue.

Travel news will be delivered using the Travel Protocol Expert Group (TPEG) via a touch-screen multimedia system.

The service is only available in the 2012 Land Cruiser V8 and Prius T Spirit cars, but the car manufacturer says the new technology will revolutionise the way drivers plan their daily commute.

“It offers greater accuracy and detail about national road conditions than traditional analogue RDS-TMC traffic information systems, and is included as part of the latest and most advanced Toyota Touch multimedia system,” the Toyota blog says.

“Thanks to the higher bandwidth available with DAB digital radio, the new TPEG standard can be used to provide drivers with more detailed and useful traffic information, whether travelling around town or making long cross-country journeys.

“To put it into perspective, the service is five times faster than the analogue service, which will offer you more time to decide whether to choose a new route before you get caught up in a tailbacks.”

The Toyota Touch Pro features an integrated DAB tuner for listening to digital radio stations, satellite navigation and even the ability to display the internet and emails.

ExpertReviews.co.uk suggests more car makers will announce using TPEG technology in the coming months.

Posted on Monday, February 20th, 2012 at 11:30 am by RadioToday UK

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