TomTom RDS-TMC Traffic In USA
Update: Yes, the traffic service is now available in the USA. You can read about how it works on our GPS Traffic page.
Currently, the only traffic service available for TomTom devices in the USA utilizes a data connection on a mobile phone to retrieve the traffic information. However that service is difficult to use for many people because there are only a handful of compatible phones and compatible phone data plans from carriers here in the USA. However it appears that is soon about to change as it looks like TomTom will soon unveil a RDS-TMC traffic solution in the USA. So what is the advantage of this type of delivery? Instead of relying on a (sometimes costly) data plan from your phone carrier, this service receives information over radio waves through a special antenna.
We’ve heard hints that the RDS-TMC traffic service will come across the pond to the USA for TomTom devices, and those hints are growing stronger. However the strongest evidence now comes directly from TomTom’s website, in reference to the 6.522 application update for the 910, 710, and 510. In the update notes it says this:
Support for the RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver for the USA.
Well that seems pretty straightforward!
We’ve also heard from customers who have spoken with TomTom and have been told a traffic receiver is in the works for the USA.
We don’t know when, or how much the service will cost. In Europe, customers pay roughly $135 for the traffic receiver and that gives you a lifetime use for the service. However over there a portion of the traffic information is available from government organizations; we don’t expect to see it available for free here.