Clear Channel Radio Expands Total Traffic Network Data Service with INRIX Predictive Traffic and In-Vehicle Navigation Content
Automakers and navigation system creators now have a complete, easy to integrate service; JVC is first to adopt expanded service
Detroit, MI – Telematics Detroit – June 8, 2010 — Clear Channel Radio’s Total Traffic Network (CCTTN) and INRIX® today announced the first traffic broadcast to include predictive traffic information. The companies also announced they’ve extended their relationship through 2015.
Called Total Traffic HD Plus, Clear Channel Radio’s HD Radio™ data service provides the industry with a faster, better-quality and less expensive alternative to satellite-based approaches. Total Traffic HD Plus goes beyond incident avoidance to enable true traffic-influenced routing and more accurate travel times for navigation.
Delivering traffic information at speeds 10 times faster than other broadcast and satellite solutions, Total Traffic HD Plus includes INRIX’s advanced traffic information and driver services, including:
• Real Time Traffic Flow – Real-time speeds and congestion on over 260,000 miles of roads covering all major metropolitan areas and connecting highways across North America
• Predictive Traffic Flow – Traffic forecasts and travel times based on the current traffic conditions and sophisticated analysis of how those same conditions are expected to change over time.
• Traffic-influenced Key Route Travel Times – Key route travel times provide a snapshot of current and forecasted traffic conditions on major travel routes in each city.
• Fuel Prices – Pricing and availability of fuel from over 110,000 gas stations nationwide.
“INRIX traffic services are an important component of our Total Traffic HD Plus system,” said Lance Locher, senior vice president at Clear Channel’s Total Traffic Network. “They continue to deliver complementary content, and excellent, broad road coverage.”
“Clear Channel Radio’s Total Traffic HD Plus offers a significant advancement over today’s solutions that provides the industry with a complete, cost-effective traffic solution that’s easy to integrate and helps drivers save time and commute hassle-free every day,” said Bryan Mistele, INRIX president and CEO.
JVC is the first to adopt Total Traffic HD Plus. Current Total Traffic customers include BMW, TomTom, Aston Martin, Mazda, Volvo, Garmin and Clarion. Nearly 1 million consumers benefit from the current broadcast service which delivers rich, dynamic content for in-car services over Clear Channel Radio’s RDS-TMC broadcast network.
The combined content solution of Clear Channel Radio Total Traffic Network and INRIX monitors the United States and Canada for traffic flow updates each minute, with real-time traffic speed reporting on over 260,000 miles of roadway. The system uses information from INRIX’s fusion of crowd-sourced traffic speeds transmitted in real-time from over 2 million GPS-equipped vehicles, traditional traffic sensors, and data from electronic toll tags. In addition, more than 400 Clear Channel operators in 65 operations centers monitor the roadways for traffic incidents and congestion information via on-street reporters, traffic cameras, tip lines, mobile units and police scanners that provide the “reasons why” traffic jams or congestion occur.
INRIX® is a leading provider of highly accurate traffic services, with more than 100 customers and industry partners including the Ford Motor Company, TomTom, MapQuest, Microsoft, NAVIGON AG, TeleNav, I-95 Corridor Coalition, Tele Atlas, deCarta, TCS, Telmap, ANWB and ADAC. INRIX’s strategic partnership with Clear Channel’s Total Traffic Network offers our customers the powerful combination of the best real-time traffic information with the best traffic incident information available.
INRIX Traffic Services leverage sophisticated statistical analysis techniques, originally developed by Microsoft Research, to aggregate and enhance traffic-related information from hundreds of public and private sources, including traditional road sensors and the company’s unique network of more than 2 million GPS-enabled vehicles and mobile devices including 8 of the top 10 smartphone navigation apps. INRIX delivers real-time and historical traffic information today for 20 countries across North America and Europe. To experience the traffic technology revolution behind the next generation of navigation and location-based service applications, visit www.INRIX.com or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/INRIX.
About Total Traffic Network
Clear Channel Radio is the first broadcaster to launch a ground-breaking programming and technology service delivering real time traffic data directly to vehicles, using its own network of reporters, traffic cameras, helicopters and airplanes – Total Traffic Network. Total Traffic Network now serves more than 125 metropolitan markets in four countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand. Total Traffic Network delivers real-time traffic data via in-car or portable navigation systems, broadcast media, wireless and Internet-based services. For more information, please log on to www.totaltraffic.com.
About Clear Channel Radio
Clear Channel Radio is a leading radio company focused on serving local communities across the U.S. with more than 110 million listeners choosing Clear Channel Radio programming each week. The company's content can be heard on AM/FM stations, HD digital radio channels, on the Internet, at iheartradio.com and on the iheartradio mobile application on iPods and smart phones, and used via navigation systems from TomTom, Garmin and others. The company's operations include radio broadcasting, syndication and independent media representation. Clear Channel Radio is a division of Clear Channel Communications, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company. More information on the company can be found at www.clearchannel.com.
INRIX® is a leading traffic intelligence platform delivering smart data and advanced analytics to solve transportation issues worldwide. INRIX crowd sources real-time data from approximately 100 million vehicles and devices to deliver traffic and driving-related insight, as well as sophisticated analytical tools and services, across five industries in 35 countries.
With more than 200 customers and partners including Audi, ADAC, ANWB, BMW, the BBC, Ford Motor Company, the I-95 Coalition, MapQuest, Microsoft, NAVIGON, Telmap, Toyota and Vodafone, INRIX’s real-time traffic information and traffic forecasts help drivers save time every day. visit www.INRIX.com.
Media ContactJim Bak