Palm Helps Commuters with Traffic Info

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Palm, Inc has released Traffic for Treo Smartphones. This helps users make commuting decisions by giving them interactive maps and incident information.

According to the 2005 Urban Mobility Report, traffic congestion occurs for longer portions of the day and delays more travelers than ever before — in 2003, 51 urban areas experienced more than 20 hours of delay per rush-hour traveler.

“With commute congestion on the rise, more than ever drivers need quick traffic updates on routes that matter to them, so they can spend less time in their cars and get home to family and friends faster,” said Andrew Breen, director for the Data Solutions Group at Palm, Inc. “Now, Treo users can receive traffic updates as they’re walking out the door, stopping for gas or at any time that is most convenient.”

Up-to-date Traffic Information

The data for Traffic for Treo comes from Metrocommute, which develops advanced travel information systems to deliver enhanced traffic information. Metrocommute begins with sensor and incident information from local Departments of Transportation and adds to it information collected by its operations staff, and extra cameras and speed detectors at major “choke points,” such as bridges and tolls.

Traffic for Treo Smartphones let users do the following:

  • See primary, secondary and tertiary roads for specific metro areas to make decisions on different commute options;
  • Customize the application with a bookmark to quickly jump to a particular location;
  • Move the map in any direction to see the geographic area that is most important to them, and zoom in on a particular area;
  • Tap on a blinking traffic alert to get a dialog box with more information — traffic speed and incident details, if available, and
  • Subscribe to multiple cities.

Pricing and Availability

Traffic for Treo Smartphones debuts in 10 of the most traffic-congested markets in the United States: Atlanta, Baltimore/DC, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.

This application is available now on the Palm web site. A 14-day free trial is available.

Subscription plans start at $4.99 per month for one city. Customers can choose two cities for $7.99/month, or all cities for $14.99/month.

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