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Traffic

About RDS-TMC

The Traffic Message Channel (TMC), also known as RDS-TMC, transmits traffic information as a radio signal and is available free of charge in many countries.

TMC is not a TomTom Service, but is available when using the TomTom RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver.

Note: TomTom is not responsible for the availability or quality of traffic information provided by the Traffic Message Channel.

The Traffic Message Channel (TMC) is not available in all countries. To check the availability of TMC services in your country, go to http://www.tomtom.com/5826.

Safety notice

Some navigation devices contain a GSM/GPRS module which can interfere with electrical devices such as cardiac pacemakers, hearing aids and aviation equipment.

Interference with these devices may endanger the health or life of you or others.

If your device includes a GSM/GPRS module, do not use it near unprotected electrical units or in areas where the use of mobile telephones is prohibited, such as hospitals and aircraft.

Using traffic information

If you are using an RDS-TMC receiver to view TMC traffic information on your Mazda NB1, no connections need to be made as the receiver is built into your device.

The traffic sidebar is shown on the right side of the Driving view. The sidebar informs you about traffic delays while you drive, using glowing dots to show you where each traffic incident is located on your route.

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The top of the traffic sidebar represents your destination and shows the total time delay due to traffic jams and other incidents on your route.

The central section of the traffic sidebar shows individual traffic incidents in the order they occur on your route.

The bottom of the traffic sidebar represents your current location and shows the distance to the next incident on your route.

 

To make the traffic sidebar more readable some incidents may not be shown. These incidents will always be of minor importance and only cause short delays.

The color of the pointers, as shown below, gives you an instant indication of the type of incident:


traffic-arrow-1      Unknown or undetermined situation.


traffic-arrow-2      Slow traffic.


traffic-arrow-3      Developing traffic jam.


traffic-arrow-4      Stationary traffic or road closure.

Taking the fastest route

Your Mazda NB1 device regularly looks for a faster route to your destination. If the traffic situation changes and a faster route is found, your device offers to replan your trip so you can use the faster route.

You can also set your device to automatically replan your trip whenever a faster route is found. To apply this setting, tap Traffic settings in the Traffic menu.

To manually find and replan the fastest route to your destination, do the following:

  1. Tap the traffic sidebar.
    Tip: If you find that tapping the sidebar opens the Main menu instead of the traffic menu, try tapping the sidebar with your finger resting on the edge of the screen.A summary of traffic on your route is shown.
  2. Tap Options.
  3. Tap Minimize delays.
    Your device searches for the fastest route to your destination.The new route may include traffic delays. You can replan the route to avoid all traffic delays, but a route which avoids all delays will usually take longer than the fastest route.
  4. Tap Done.

Minimizing delays

You can use TomTom Traffic to minimize the impact of traffic delays on your route. To minimize delays automatically, do the following:

  1. Tap Services in the Main Menu.
  2. Tap Traffic.
  3. Tap Traffic settings.
  4. Choose between always taking the faster route automatically, being asked or never changing your route.
  5. Tap Next and then Done.
  6. Tap Minimize delays.
    Your device plans the quickest route to your destination. The new route may include traffic delays and may remain the same as the original route.You can re-plan the route to avoid all delays, but this route is unlikely to be the quickest possible route.
  7. Tap Done.

Making commuting to work easier

The Home to work and Work to home buttons in the Show home-work traffic menu let you check your route to and from work with one tap of a button.

When you use either of these buttons, your device plans a route between your home and work locations and checks the route for possible delays.

The first time you use Home to work, you must set your traffic home and work locations by doing the following:

  1. Tap the traffic sidebar to open the Traffic menu.Note: If you already have a route planned, a summary of traffic incidents on your route is shown. Tap Options to open the Traffic menu.
  2. Tap Show home-work traffic.
  3. Set your home location and your work location.
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    If you have already set the locations and want to change them, tap Change home-work.You can now use the Home to work and Work to home buttons.Note: The home location you set here is not the same as the home location you can set in the Settings Menu. In addition, the locations you use here do not have to be your actual home and work locations. If there is another route that you often travel, you can set Work/Home to use these locations instead.traffic-4

For example, to check for delays on your route home before you leave the office, do the following:

  1. Tap the traffic sidebar to open the Traffic menu.
    Note: If you already have a route planned, a summary of traffic incidents on your route is shown. Tap Options to open the Traffic menu.
  2. Tap Show home-work traffic.
  3. Tap Work to home.
    The Driving View is shown and a message is displayed telling you about traffic incidents on this route. The Traffic sidebar also shows any delays.

Getting more information about an incident

To check for delays on your route, tap Show traffic on route in the Traffic menu. Your navigation device shows a summary of the traffic delays on your route.

The total includes any delays due to traffic incidents and those due to busy roads, with information provided by IQ Routes.

Tap Minimize delays to check if you can reduce the delay.

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Tap the left and right arrow buttons to move through each incident in turn, viewing the details of each one. This includes the type of incident, for example road works, and the length of delay caused by this incident.

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You can also access the details about individual incidents by tapping View map in the Main Menu and then tapping on the traffic incident symbol.

When shown on the map, a traffic incident starts with an icon. In the case of a traffic jam, the direction of the incident is from the icon towards the other end.

Checking traffic incidents in your area

Get an overview of the traffic situation in your area, using the map. To find local incidents and their details, do the following:

  1. Tap the traffic sidebar then tap Options to open the Traffic menu.
  2. Tap View map. The map overview screen is shown.
  3. If the map does not show your location, tap the marker to center the map on your current location.The map shows traffic incidents in the area.
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  4. Tap on any traffic incident to get more information.A screen is shown that gives you detailed information about the incident you chose. To display information about surrounding incidents use the left and right arrows at the bottom of this screen.

Changing traffic settings

Use the Traffic settings button to choose how traffic information works on your navigation device.

  1. Tap the traffic sidebar then tap Options to open the Traffic menu.
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  2. Tap Traffic settings.
  3. If you are using an RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver, you will be able to select the setting Tune manually by entering a frequency. If you select this option, the button Tune manually is shown in the Traffic menu. Tap Tune manually to enter the frequency of a particular radio station you want to use for RDS-TMC traffic information
  4. If a faster route is found while you are driving, Traffic can replan your journey to use the faster route. Select one of the following options and then tap Done.
    • Always switch to that route
    • Ask me if I want that route
    • Never change my route

Traffic incidents

Traffic incidents and warnings are shown on the map, in the Driving View and on the Traffic side-bar.

To find out more about an incident, tap View Map in the Main Menu. Tap on a traffic incident symbol on the map to see information about that incident. To display information about surrounding incidents, use the left and right arrows at the bottom of the screen.

There are two types of incident and warning signs:

  • Symbols shown in a red square are traffic incidents. Your navigation device can replan to avoid them.
  • Symbols shown in a red triangle are weather related. Your device does not replan to avoid these warnings.

Traffic incident symbols:

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Note: The incident avoided symbol is shown for any traffic incident
that you avoid using a traffic service.

Traffic menu

To open the Traffic menu, tap the Traffic sidebar in the Driving View then tap Options, or tap Traffic in the Services menu.

The following buttons are available:


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Minimize traffic delays

Tap this button to re-plan your route based on the latest traffic information.


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Show home-work traffic

Tap this button to calculate the quickest route from your home location to your place of work and back.


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Show traffic on route

Tap this button for an overview of traffic incidents along your route.

Tap the left and right buttons for more detailed information about each incident.

Tap Minimize delays to replan your route and avoid the traffic incidents that are shown on the map.


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View map

Tap this button to browse the map and see the traffic incidents shown on the map.


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Change traffic settings

Tap this button to change your settings for how the Traffic service works on your device.


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Read aloud traffic info

Tap this button to hear spoken information about traffic incidents on your route.

Note: Your TomTom device must have a voice that speaks street names installed to read information aloud.