RDS-TMCRadio Data System - Traffic Message Channel
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Trafficmaster, who have a dedicated network of 7500 roadside sensors located on the UK's motorways and trunk roads, already supply RDS-TMC data to navigation systems for Volkswagen's sister brands, Bentley and Audi.
A new entertainment support pack has been introduced which includes the RTI Navigation System with RDS-TMC, remote-control and map data on hard disk, a blind spot alert system and rear seat entertainment with a DVD Player in the front centre armrest, two screens and wireless headphones, remote-control and tinted windows.
The deal is expected to involve 70,000 to 100,000 cars a year and will put ITIS' RDS-TMC systems in Ford's new-look Mondeo immediately and will extend to other vehicles across Ford's ranges and subsidiaries.
ITIS have secured British rights to a service called RDS-TMC (Radio Data System-Traffic Message Channel) that is already operational in several European countries.
"There is already widespread acceptance and usage in Europe and with RDS-TMC drivers receive a seamless traffic information service in their own language.
TomTom said, that more importantly, the new XL IQ Routes edition2 is also fully compatible with TomTom's standard RDS-TMC Traffic service, which transmits traffic information to the device and then plans an alternative route when one is available.
ITIS has bought Communi-cation & Measurement Tech-nologies - a leader in the field of radio data system and traffic message channel (RDS-TMC) information systems.
RDS-TMC technology has the potential to deliver detailed, up-to-the-minute traffic information via an FM signal on car radios and in-car navigation systems.