Hyundai First to Offer Real-Time Traffic Updates in NZ
14 March 2013
Hyundai First to Offer Real-Time Traffic Updates in New Zealand
Hyundai Motors New Zealand will become the first vehicle manufacturer in New Zealand to include real-time traffic updates as an integrated feature of its vehicle satellite navigation systems.
The system, which receives live updates from the SUNA Traffic Channel and adjusts the recommended route to bypass traffic, will be available as standard on the new generation models of the Santa Fe Elite and Elite Limited, Veloster and as an option on the ix35 Elite, i40 Elite wagon and sedan, and i30 Elite.
Drivers will have access to up-to-the-minute information on traffic incidents such as accidents, road closures, traffic congestion, major road works and special events when travelling in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Hyundai Motors New Zealand General Manager Andy Sinclair says, while the technology is available to drivers overseas, Hyundai is proud to be the first to offer it in New Zealand.
“This system ensures that our customers will know which areas to avoid and how to reach their destination in the quickest possible way.
“We’re a technology-driven company so we encourage and apply innovative thinking, and introducing live traffic updates is just one of the ways we’re leading the market here in New Zealand,” Mr Sinclair says.
SUNA Traffic Channel was launched in New Zealand in June this year, and is already accessible on selected portable navigation devices and smartphone apps.
Adam Game, Chief Executive Officer, Intelematics, says the partnership with Hyundai further extends Intelematics’ position as one of the world‘s most advanced traffic services.
“We are very pleased to be working with Hyundai to make real-time traffic updates accessible to New Zealand drivers through their in-car satellite navigation systems for the first time.
“Integrated traffic solutions are a fast growing market and we congratulate Hyundai on being first to market,” says Mr Game.
SUNA’s detailed congestion monitoring is made possible through real-time analysis of data collected from thousands of ‘probe’ vehicles equipped with GPS systems. SUNA also incorporates information from The Radio Network’s leading Time Saver Traffic service, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and other sources such as emergency services and local councils.
When combined, these data sources provide a comprehensive view of traffic flows and incidents across New Zealand’s most congested areas to better inform motorists of the nature of traffic snarls ahead.