For years now, BMW has served as the auto industry’s pioneer when it comes to setting new standards for solutions that manage to intelligently connect driver and vehicle to the outside world. This was made possible with the introduction of the brand’s ConnectedDrive technology.
In the past, drivers only had Traffic Message Channel, or TMC, in order to get information like any traffic disruptions. Since it was radio-based, it made it difficult to get the information accurate or fast enough in order to avoid any delays.
With the ConnectedDrive, BMW customers will be the first to experience an advanced traffic information system which can deliver the needed information in a way that is reliable, accurate, and fast. One of the features of this technology is known as Traffic Information, or RTTI, which was made to enhance peace of mind and comfort.
With the RTTI, drivers can relax a little since they can get a better account of what the current situation is in real time and know that they are taking the most time-efficient route possible. Under the new system being implemented, the RTTI is better than the TMC since it has more data sources.
It takes the Transport Protocol Expert Group and then combines this with the GSM cellular network. The data that is obtained is then incorporated to the SIM car that already part of the vehicle. As a result, traffic data is sent and received in real time with better accuracy and dependability.
Not only is it quickly transmitted but the traffic data is displayed on the Navigation map where it makes use of a color-coding system allowing for easy interpretation of the traffic flow. Accuracy is excellent as road networks can be subdivided into 500-meter distances with the actual information being updated at least every 3 minutes.
The driver is therefore able to monitor the current traffic condition and make the necessary condition if it is improving or taking a turn for the worse. While this system will be offered for all models of BMW, those who avail of the BMW Professional navigation system as well as the Bluetooth telephone preparation with telematics, will get this same system free of charge. Using any internet-enabled device, drivers can also access the BMW Routes website where they can remotely view RTTI and plane their routes.