In the past the Treo was a perfect companion for traffic problems. That time was perfect for catching up on calls or neglected emails. But now Palm wants your Treo to help keep you out of the next jam. The new software covers traffic incidents in 10 major cities for a monthly subscription.
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 complements it with 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, such as accidents, construction and stalled cars;
- Quickly understand the severity of an incident with red (most severe), orange (medium) or yellow (moderate) flashing alerts; and
- Subscribe to multiple cities for access to convenient, up-to-date traffic information on business and vacation travel.
The service is available with a free 14-day trial and runs $4.99/month for one city, $7.99 for two and $14.99 for all of them. The coverage includes New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington DC/Baltimore, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle, and Chicago.
For more information or to download the trial, go here.