The new broadcasting service can also send traffic information in type format on to the display of a car radio. This function links nearly all the navigation devices on the market.
The alliance - between Partner Cue, Mediamobile and Tegaron - creates a standard that:
The first devices will be coming on to the market in 2001. In Germany and the UK, an additional module is available for the handheld computer 'Visor' which is made by Handspring. New RDS products - Capable Radio Devices - are being planned.
Hans-Jurgen Hilgendorf, managing director of Tegaron Telematics, based in Bonn, described the service as a milestone in the history of telematics. He said: 'The new technology will provide traffic data and satisfy the growing demands for quality information from car drivers.'
The alliance plans eventually to cover all of central Europe. (July 2000)