Stuck in traffic? Get off your phone, then update your TomTom -- the company announced today that its latest traffic service update, HD Traffic 6.0 is ready to get you out of that traffic jam. The updated service sources real-time data anonymously collected from other TomTom users, and promises to identify 65 percent more road closures than its previous system. Culling data from the service, TomTom was even able to identify Los Angeles as the most congested city in North America -- though we'd hardly consider a call that obvious roadway clairvoyance. On the other hand, we're not about to argue with anything that gets us off the road faster. Read on for TomTom's official press announcement.
TomTom Unveils TomTom HD Traffic, Version 6.0 at CES
Version 6.0 Offers Improved Accuracy of Delay and Traffic Information Will Get Drivers to Their Destinations Faster
2013 International CES
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TomTom today announces the availability of TomTom HD Traffic, version 6.0 in the US. With the addition of over 76 million live data sources TomTom HD Traffic is able to report the location and length of traffic jams on highways five times more accurately than the previous version of TomTom HD Traffic.
"We are committed to the continual improvement of the accuracy and precision of our real-time traffic information service"
TomTom uses live data shared by millions of drivers traveling across the entire road network each day. Using real-time data collected anonymously from TomTom's user community, TomTom is able to validate and broadcast traffic incidents that may not be captured of reported by other standard traffic sources. The latest update of TomTom HD Traffic offers drivers access to even more precise and detailed information about traffic jam locations, road work, and road closures in real time.
"We are committed to the continual improvement of the accuracy and precision of our real-time traffic information service," said Ralf-Peter Schäfer, Head of Traffic at TomTom "TomTom HD Traffic 6.0 is a testimony to that, as the improved routing makes people's journeys faster, safer and more enjoyable."
TomTom HD Traffic is available to drivers using TomTom connected devices and mobile applications. The service is also used by many governments and businesses around the world.
TomTom Research Finds Los Angeles Most Congested City in North America
~ TomTom's latest Congestion Index shows traffic congestion pain points in North America lie in the West ~
2013 International CES
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TomTom today announced the results of its latest Congestion Index, which measures traffic congestion in North American cities between July and September 2012. The third Congestion Index examines the congestion in 57 metropolitan areas with a population of more than 950,000, and found Los Angeles continued to be the most congested city in North America. On average, journey times in Los Angeles are 34% longer than when traffic in the city is flowing freely and 76% longer during evening rush hour. TomTom's Congestion Index, including individual city reports, can be found at www.tomtom.com/congestionindex.
"Only TomTom can pin-point traffic congestion with this level of accuracy."
TomTom's Congestion Index is the world's most accurate barometer of congestion in urban areas. The Index is uniquely based on real travel time data captured by vehicles driving the entire road network. TomTom's traffic database contains more than six trillion data measurements and is growing by five billion measurements every day. The average congestion level for all the North American cities analyzed between July and September 2012 is 19%.
Other notable findings in this edition of the Congestion Index found that the top five most congested cities lie in the west with Los Angeles (1), Vancouver (2), San Francisco (3), Honolulu (4) and Seattle (4) topping the list.
The top ten most congested North American cities, ranked by overall Congestion Level, between July and September 2012 were:
1. Los Angeles (34%)
2. Vancouver (34%)
3. San Francisco (33%)
4. Honolulu (31%)
5. Seattle (27%)
6. Toronto (26%)
7. New Orleans (25%)
8. San Jose (25%)
9. Montreal (24%)
10. Chicago (24%)
"Only TomTom can pin-point traffic congestion with this level of accuracy." said Ralf-Peter Schäfer, Head of Traffic at TomTom. "With access to trillions of historical data points and more than 100 million anonymous, real-time data sources, we can effectively identify key congestion hot spots around the world. This highly accurate data allows us to provide governments with real insight into the realities on their roads and provide solutions that will help to reduce traffic congestion overall."