Australian drivers get live traffic updates on iPhone

David Braue
26 March, 2009
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In-car information systems specialist Intelematics Australia has given iPhone users one more reason to use their devices in the car, with a new application that provides live traffic congestion updates based on the SUNA Traffic Channel service.

SUNA pulls data from a network of tens of thousands of sensors in roadways, traffic lights, and other places around Australian roadways to detect congestion, changes in traffic flow, accidents, roadwork, and other obstructions.

This information is normally broadcasted to compatible in-car receivers and GPS units via a subcarrier on local FM radios, but the iPhone application – called TrafficAU – takes a slightly different approach by pulling the information down to the device on a regular basis.

TrafficAU was developed by Boston, USA based CLO Software which offers a similar application for US customers and has received numerous requests to replicate its functionality in Australia. “Since our first traffic application for the iPhone, users have been emailing us to request a version that works in Australia,” founder Chris Oklota said in a statement.

TrafficAU costs $3.99 for 12 months’ access and is available now from the iTunes App Store.

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