New intelligent traffic service combines real-time traffic flow information with advanced routing technology to dynamically avoid traffic congestion and find the fastest route to any destination
September 06, 2010 — Princeton, NJ - ALK Technologies Inc. today launched ActiveTraffic™, a groundbreaking real-time traffic service that integrates dynamic traffic flow information with advanced routing technology to more efficiently guide drivers to their destination. The innovative service is available in ALK’s popular CoPilot Live GPS navigation smartphone and iPad apps in the U.S.
CoPilot Live ActiveTraffic uses real-time traffic flow information provided by INRIX, the leading international provider of quality traffic information and driver services in North America, to intelligently calculate the best route to avoid traffic congestion and provide an accurate estimated time of arrival (ETA). It continuously monitors your route for delays as you drive and alerts you if a faster route is available. If a faster route is identified, CoPilot Live will indicate the estimated time you’ll save and provide an option to preview the new route.
ActiveTraffic is designed to make even your daily commute more predictable, providing an at-a-glance display of real-time traffic conditions along your route. Sections where traffic is traveling freely are indicated green, those with moderate congestion in yellow and severe congestion in red. CoPilot Live takes all of this information into account to maintain a realistic estimated time of arrival based on actual road conditions.
"ActiveTraffic is a significant enhancement to CoPilot Live and our existing traffic service," said Michael Kornhauser, Managing Director, CoPilot Live at ALK Technologies. "With our uniquely integrated connection to INRIX’s high-quality dynamic traffic information, drivers can be assured they are taking the best route to their destination—one that is based on actual real-time road conditions and not an incident reported a half hour ago. It’s a breakthrough technology that has the potential to dramatically improve a user’s driving experience."
INRIX ensures drivers receive the most current information on local traffic conditions through its Smart Driver Network that includes a mix of consumer vehicles and commercial fleets – the majority of which provide continuous real-time speed and location reports to INRIX every minute for an average of 7 hours per day, per vehicle. The result is a service that updates traffic information to drivers every minute ensuring they always know the best route, expected travel time and ETA for any destination.
"INRIX traffic information makes navigation more useful every day," said INRIX Senior Vice President of Business Development Kush Parikh. "Whether commuting to work, running errands across town or traveling cross-country, CoPilot Live with ActiveTraffic is a must have app for anyone who wants to save time, money and travel hassle-free everywhere they go."
New and existing CoPilot Live v8 Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows Mobile customers in the U.S. will have the opportunity to try ActiveTraffic with a 14 day free trial and then buy a subscription for 12 months use at the special price of $9.99. Current CoPilot Live v8 U.S Traffic subscribers will be upgraded to ActiveTraffic™ free of charge. ActiveTraffic is available immediately for iPhone and will be available for the other platforms the first week of September.
A gallery of images of CoPilot Live ActiveTraffic is available at: CoPilot Live ActiveTraffic Gallery.
For more information about CoPilot Live visit www.copilotlive.com
About ALK Technologies
Since 1979, ALK Technologies has developed innovative mobile navigation and transportation technology solutions. ALK's award-winning CoPilot Live GPS software is the navigation based services platform of choice for mobile operators, hardware OEMs and systems integrators globally. ALK's PC*MILER routing, mileage and mapping solutions are used by over 22,000 transportation, logistics and manufacturing companies worldwide. For more information on ALK Technologies, visit: www.alk.com or www.alk.eu.com.
You can also follow CoPilot Live online: Twitter, CoPilot Live blog, Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr.
INRIX® is a leading provider of highly accurate traffic and driver services, with more than 100 customers and industry partners including the Ford Motor Company, MapQuest, Microsoft, ALK, TeleNav, I-95 Corridor Coalition, Tele Atlas, deCarta, TCS, Telmap, ANWB and ADAC.
INRIX Traffic Services leverage sophisticated statistical analysis techniques, originally developed by Microsoft Research, to aggregate and enhance traffic-related information from hundreds of public and private sources, including traditional road sensors and the company’s unique network of over 2.5 million GPS-enabled vehicles and mobile devices. INRIX delivers real-time and historical traffic information today for 20 countries across North America and Europe. To experience the traffic technology revolution behind the next generation of navigation and location-based service applications, visit www.INRIX.com or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/INRIX.
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