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TomTom and Traffic information


Because it’s traffic that matters, we currently offer two distinctive ways of providing traffic information, the TomTom PLUS Traffic service and the TomTom RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver accessory.

With these two options, when it comes to traffic information you can choose the option you feel best suits your needs and style. With both options, traffic information is fully integrated into the TomTom navigation experience. 

In 2005 we started the TomTom PLUS Traffic service, providing high-performance, up-to-date, reliable traffic information, in real time to your TomTom. With TomTom Traffic, you can avoid problems and check the road conditions and weather ahead at the same time.

We offer the RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver as an accessory for GO 930/730/530, 920/720/520, 910/710/510, ONE 3rd edition, ONE XL, ONE (30 series) and XL (30 series). With some TomTom models, an RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver is included in the box. This is indicated by the addition of “T” or “Traffic” to the model name. An example is GO 930 T or ONE Traffic.

 For the one-off cost of this accessory, you have a lifetime RDS-TMC subscription *1. Just plug the RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver into the Windscreen Dock of your TomTom or directly into your unit and you receive traffic information in the simplest way possible.

Please refer to the table below for detailed information.

 

TomTom TRAFFIC and TomTom RDS-TMC

 

   TomTom PLUS Traffic

   RDS-TMC Information
Key features/ advantages
Most accurate and up-to date traffic information from the best available sources *2
  • The use of wireless data connection means that you get the best quality traffic information possible, 24 hours a day, all year round
  • The use of wireless data connection means the number of messages that you can receive at any one time is not limited *3
Simplest way to get basic traffic information:
  • From local RDS-TMC providers
  • One-off cost for lifetime RDS-TMC subscription *4
  • Premium RDS-TMC information in France, Germany *5 and the UK is included in the cost
  • And just: Plug & GO!
Premium RDS-TMC Services feature extra coverage and more accurate information.

TomTom offers Premium RDS-TMC services in France (Via Michelin), Germany *6(TMC Pro) and the UK (ITIS).
Equipment required
A compatible mobile phone with Bluetooth and a wireless data connection, such as GPRS, UMTS or CDMA, enable you to use PLUS Traffic information on any TomTom device.
How to pay?
Yearly subscription with TomTom; mobile operators may charge users based on the amount of transmitted data. (Not by the length of time you’re connected).
One-off cost for the RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver for lifelong use *7 .
Costs
€ 39.95 for 1 year subscription + costs for use of your mobile phone.
€ 79.95 for the receiver and a lifetime subscription *8.
What information does it provide?
  • Description of the traffic situation (event)
  • The location (the area, highway segment or point location affected by the event)
  • The direction of the traffic affected by the problem
  • The estimated delay
  • Alternative route calculation
  • Information on weather & road conditions

This information is available anytime.

  • Description of the traffic situation (event)
  • The location (the area, highway segment or point location affected by the event)
  • The direction of the traffic affected by the problem
  • The estimated delay
  • Alternative route calculation
Availability of this information is depending on factors like fm radio signal and the source that provides the information.
Sources

TomTom PLUS services are owned, developed and maintained by TomTom.

Availability
11 countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA.


*1 This is not applicable to the United States, where the RDS/TMC receiver comes with a 1 year subscription.

*2 TomTom is able to provide more accurate information than the TMC and is not limited to the Alert-C protocol that is used for RDS-TMC.

*3 RDS-TMC has a limited number of messages.

*4 This is not applicable to the United States, where the RDS/TMC receiver comes with a 1 year subscription.

*5 Only applicable for the GO 720 and GO 520.

*6 In Germany, Premium RDS-TMC services are only available on the GO 520, GO 520 T, GO 720 and GO 720 T.

*7 Not valid in the United States. The receiver there includes a 1 year subscription only.

*8 Not valid in the United States. The receiver there includes a 1 year subscription only.

*9 The quality of the RDS-TMC information is dependent on factors such as the FM radio signal which means that TomTom cannot  guarantee the continuity and quality of the information. However, TomTom has selected the best providers to ensure the best radio reception.

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