(Note: This announcement was made in early 2009)
Destia Traffic, part of Destia Ltd specialising in traffic information and its processing, has signed a cooperation agreement with Mercedes-Benz in order to bring traffic information directly to the car. Destia Traffic and Mercedes-Benz offer Finnish drivers precise, real-time information on traffic and weather conditions.
“We are very happy with the cooperation agreement with Mercedes-Benz. This is our first contract with a car manufacturer. Drivers can trust they will receive reliable, real-time traffic information provided by Destia Traffic directly to the factory-installed navigators in their cars. Dynamic traffic information boosts the safety, speed, cost effectiveness and environmental friendliness of daily driving”, Tuomo Eloranta, Unit Head of Destia Traffic states.
Drivers receive real-time traffic information directly to their RDS-TMC traffic information receiver devices. The TMC-service will be introduced first with factory-installed navigators in the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class, to be launched in Finland in late March. Later this year, the TMC service will be added for other Mercedes-Benz models.
The Mercedes-Benz navigator helps the driver to select the fastest and most convenient route to the destination. If a traffic jam is forming on the way due to an accident or other circumstances, the system suggests a more convenient alternative route. Traffic warnings affecting the planned route appear on the navigator screen, and the navigator automatically suggests an alternative route.