Dual Electronics is launching this week at CES the first PND offering this service. The Dual XNAV43HD which features a built-in HD receiver and a 4.3 inch screen has a suggested retail price of $279.99 and will be available later this spring.
“We are dedicated to providing accurate traffic information in the fastest, most efficient way possible, and are proud to now offer our advanced services via HD Radio channels,” said Jeff Littlejohn, Executive Vice President of Distribution Development at Clear Channel Radio. “Even in the largest metropolitan areas, real-time traffic information is transmitted in less than a minute, providing a quick, reliable way for drivers to get where they need to go safely.”
In April 2008, a Broadcaster Traffic Consortium - made of eight American radio companies - was formed to offer a competing service that will distribute NAVTEQ Traffic via HD Radio. The founding members of BTC are Beasley Broadcast Group; Bonneville International Corporation; Cox Radio, Inc.; Emmis Communications; Entercom Communications Corp.; Greater Media; NPR and Radio One. At this stage this consortium has not announced yet when its service will be available.