Navigation Technologies, a provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation, Internet/wirelessapplications and business solutions announced Oct. 14 that it will demonstrateits real-time traffic solution which provides in-vehicle incident and trafficflow information for Chicago's major roadways. The company says that the traffic demonstration andsolution was initiated by Navigation Technologies and leverages numerousindustry partners for content, delivery and in-vehicle systems. The solutionwill be demonstrated at the 9th World Congress on Intelligent TransportSystems (ITS), a global conference and exhibition on transportationtechnology, taking place in Chicago's Lakeside Center at McCormick Place,October 14-17, 2002. Navigation Technologies says their approach creates an inclusive platform for theaggregation of multiple sources of traffic information from incident and flowto weather and events. The information is combined and merged with NAVTECHmap data through a data fusion process and then delivered to the in-vehiclenavigation system through a wireless signal. The solution delivers real-timecongestion, incident and road condition information directly to the driver,enabling informed routing decisions. "We see ourselves acting as a catalyst for a dynamic in-vehicle trafficsolution that brings together numerous industry leaders," said John MacLeod,executive vice president, North America and World Markets at NavigationTechnologies. "Based on our experience in Europe and Japan, we believe thattraffic information will increase daily use of navigation and enhance consumersatisfaction." Navigation Technologies andTrafficCast infuse and interpret the data, XM Satellite Radio delivers thatdata nationwide via satellite and Alpine Electronics of America and PioneerElectronics (USA) Inc. provide the navigation systems that bring the solutionto life inside the vehicle. Additionally, Nissan North America provided anInfiniti QX4 for the demonstration. Attendees of the show will have the opportunity to experience the livetraffic demonstration by literally driving the roads of Chicago. Participantswill experience one of three routes, each originating from McCormick Place,and will see real-time traffic and incident data on the navigation system inthe form of icons (construction, accidents and road closures), color-codedstreets and/or text information. "Each of the world class companies we've partnered with provide a uniqueexpertise in their respective arenas," said Chris Page, product manager -Traffic, at Navigation Technologies. "This solution is designed specificallyfor telematics applications. The open architecture allows us to incorporatethe highest quality traffic information collected from numerous sources and isexpandable as new technology and information become available." About TrafficCast
) generatespersonalized, route-specific real-time and predictive traffic and travel timeinformation for the United States. The firm provides current andpredicted travel times for more than 400,000 miles coast to coast includingInterstate highways, other expressways, and major arterials. About XM Satellite Radio
XM's programming lineup features 101coast-to-coast digital channels: 70 music channels, many of them commercial-free, from hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues; and 31channels of sports, talk, children's and entertainment. XM was named 2001"Product of the Year" by Fortune, an "Invention of the Year" by Time, wonPopular Science's 2001 "Best of What's New" Grand Award in the electronicscategory, and received a coveted "A" rating from Entertainment Weekly.General Motors recently began selling factory-installed XM radios across 25different 2003 models. XM is also available on select new vehicles fromHonda, Acura, Infiniti, Nissan and Isuzu. XM radios are available at majorelectronics retailers nationwide. Manufacturers such as Sony, Alpine,Pioneer, Delphi and Audiovox offer a broad array of XM radios that enable any existing car stereo system. XM's strategic investors includeGeneral Motors,American Honda Motor Co. Inc., Clear Channel Communications and DIRECTV. Formore information, please visit XM's web site: http://www.xmradio.com . About Alpine Electronics of America
Alpine Electronics is a mobile electronics systemsupplier. Alpine specializes in an integrated platform concept for mobilemultimedia with premium components for digital audio/video media playback,digital broadcast reception, security and satellite linked navigation. AlpineElectronics is a consolidated subsidiary of Alps Electric Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of electronic components for computer,communications and car electronics equipment. Alpine is the Alps Group'sspecialized supplier of mobile electronics systems. Visit Alpineat www.alpine.com to learn more about mobile multimedia excellence orwww.alpine-usa.com to find the closest dealer. About Pioneer
Pioneer's Mobile Entertainment Division is a manufacturer ofaudio, video and information products for in-car use. Its focus is on thedevelopment of new digital technologies including visual/audio, navigation,and satellite radio, while maintaining its strong heritage in products for caraudio enthusiasts and competitors. The company markets its products under thePioneer and Premier brand names. When purchased from an authorized dealer,consumers receive a limited warranty for one year with Pioneer products andtwo years for Premier products. Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., andits U.S. Web address is www.pioneerelectronics.com . About Navigation Technologies
Navigation Technologies creates the digital maps that power navigation andlocation-based services around the world. The Chicago-based company wasfounded in 1985 and is privately held. The company's 1,200 employees are inover 100 offices in 18 countries. For more information, visitwww.navtech.com .