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    Default How effective is the TRAFFIC service ?

    I was recently in New York / New Jersey area (USA).

    Several occasions the traffic symbol turned yellow or red and the 3790T instructed me to take a route different than the one I was used to.

    At least in three occasions, the detour was less than a mile (1.6 km) and I notice that it led to no improvement in conditions or reduce the travel time. One was less than 500 yards (500 m), and led me to a detour just besides the road and a red light.

    So, the question is: can we really trust traffic service ? Or was I just out of luck ?

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    In "MY" opinion... the Traffic reporting service is absolutely worthless on the Garmin devices.

    Some say they have luck with it in some large cities, but in the last 10 years of using it on my Garmin devices, it's has not proven it's value in any way.

    I go back even to the old StreetPilot days and the XM Traffic service..... useless.......

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    I think it depends on countries, in Italy many times traffic jams are already solved or not yet reported: the service is late, but this doesnt depends on Garmin, it depends on traffic providers.
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    Well, thanks for the answers ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by catymag View Post
    I think it depends on countries...
    ...and it depends on the service. In Germany Navteq Traffic is really good - it already saved me a lot of time. But all other providers tell you that there is traffic jam if you are in it already.

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    I've used traffic both in NA and AU. Both not worth a pinch of poo imo. As Caty says, problems are with providers. Suna traffic info here in Oz is good for a laugh where i am, often warns but then there's next to nothing there, and vice versa no warning but there's big holdups. Similar experience last year in the States. Hope it's better for elsewhere.
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    The Traffic services are constantly evolving. It is the providers, not the receivers that make it better. Google and the WAZE app are the best out there and a huge reason why people are abandoning dedicated GPS units for their IPhones. That said, I recently upgraded to a 3590LMT and the traffic information is fabulous. In metro NYC there are regular historic traffic patterns that are part of the basic information. Beach traffic and weekend vacationers are all taken into account. It seems to coincide with what I see on Google maps on my ipad. Since the Garmins have onboard mapping they are still a necessary gadget that can get you home even without internet service! The HD traffic is a huge improvement that seems to spill over onto existing units such as my old GTM-25 cable which now provides much better data. This is in metro areas - out in the countryside the radio is still the best warning of accidents on the interstate highway.

    Quote Originally Posted by p!xeldealer View Post
    ...and it depends on the service. In Germany Navteq Traffic is really good - it already saved me a lot of time. But all other providers tell you that there is traffic jam if you are in it already.

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    In BG we also have traffic service. The coverage is bad, but the traffic info is even worse! It was just ONE time /traffic works almost 3-4 years already/ when I was warned about traffic jam and entered in real traffic.
    When visiting BG - not count on it at all. When it improve and become stable, I'll let you know.
    Thought I'm not sure did I'll be alive at that time.

 

 

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