By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 19 2010 - 3:01am
LAS VEGAS — ClearChannel plans
early in the third quarter to add realtime
news to the real-time traffic reports
that it delivers via HD Radio.
The announcement, taking place
at the site of National Association of
Broadcasters (NAB) show, here, said
that the expanded service, called Total
Traffic Network Plus, will be available at
that time in the 63 largest metro areas.
It will deliver such information as local
and national weather conditions, sports
scores, and news headlines directly
to installed in-vehicle navigation systems,
as well as to such mobile devices
as portable navigation devices (PNDs),
equipped with HD Radio tuners.
The first product that will access the
service will be JVC’s $1,199-suggested
double-DIN KW-NT3HDT in-dash
navigation system with CD/DVD player
and embedded iTunes-tagging HD
Radio, Clear Channel said. It ships at
the end of April, JVC said, and it will be
the first of many devices equipped to
receive the data, Clear Channel said.
On the JVC nav system and PNDs,
the data will be displayed on the navigation
screen with no audio playback,
Clear Channel said.
Total Traffic Network delivers traffic information over analog FM radio
in 125 metropolitan areas in four countries
to more than 125 million consumers
through OEM vehicle systems from
BMW, Mazda, Aston Martin, Volvo
(all of whom offer subscription-free
services) as well as from aftermarket
products such as in-dash nav systems
and PNDs from TomTom, Garmin,
Asus, Navigon, NavNGo, Mio
Technology, Delphi, Kenwood, Clarion,
Harman Kardon and others.