Clear Channel starts traffic information on HD Radio in the US



Clear Channel starts traffic information on HD Radio in the US
Clear Channel Radio’s Total Traffic Network today announced that it has begun transmitting traffic data via HD Radio in 48 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. “Clear Channel is working with a variety of receiver manufacturers to make the specially-equipped receivers available by the end of this year” said the company.

"HD Radio is the future for broadcast data delivery, allowing us to not only deliver traffic data, but provide additional services as well," said Jeff Littlejohn, Clear Channel Radio Executive Vice President of Distribution Development. The larger bandwidth in the HD radio signal is expected to enable additional services including weather forecast updates and regional point of interest (POI) updates. With HD Radio Clear Channel will compete with the Microsoft MSN Direct technology that enables traffic, gas price, weather and movies times on the Garmin Nuvi 680 and StreetPilot c580.

Clear Channel’s Total Traffic Network also announced that it has further expanded its delivery of real-time traffic data over RDS-TMC (Radio Data System Traffic Message Channel) with the addition of 19 new markets in the US and Canada. Clear Channel’s Total Traffic Network now delivers real time traffic via RDS-TMC in 68 cities, and plans to add more markets to its Total Traffic Network data delivery via RDS-TMC throughout 2007.

Clear Channel Radio’s Total Traffic Network currently provides real-time traffic information to devices made by Garmin, TomTom, Mio-Mitac, Delphi, Kenwood, Clarion, Navigon, Cobra Electronics and Siemens VDO.

Monday, July 9th 2007

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