Can someone please advise me which Traffic provider works best in Toronto. I live in Ajax and commute along the major highways like Highway 401 etc. I have the Garmin 765T and it came with the lifetime traffic, however, I know that there is also MSN traffic and another one (i forgot the name)....does someone have experience with the various traffic providers for Garmin GPS in Toronto area?
I have been using MSN. Traffic updates for the 401 have been OK (and much better than the Navteq traffic that came with the 765).
No comparison between MSN and the Navteq data. MSN wins hands-down.
Both MSN and FM do not work properly in Toronto. But, MSN is a little better than FM traffic. MSN is not providing full service for Canada, so far. I contacted them several times and complained about *traffic speeds still not working in Toronto. But, they insisted it was. Finally, I quit calling. I drive along 401 and major highways almost every day as well as in Ajax. I found MSN is a little better than FM traffic here in Toronto. But, still not very reliable. Thanks!
Thanks to all for the feedback. I may now need to invest in the MSN traffic receiver. Does the traffic update for MSN traffic work 24hrs and on weekends too? Or only during certain hours?
On another topic...my garmin always routes me to my house using a route that is longer than necessary. When I tried the same route on mapquest, the route is similiar to garmin. the problem i realised is that the maps are not recognizing a road that is already constructed and being used hence, hence it is routing you a different way. Is there a way I can fix this on my garmin myself without having to wait on a map update for this to be corrected?
MSN traffic is 24x7 in GTA. MSN Traffic is lot better than Navteq traffic in GTA. Though it is not perfect. I don't think you can fix routes on Garmin. You may try by removing "Un-paved roads" avoidance.
I did try before to remove all avoidances (incl. unpaved roads), however, it just does not select that road for some reason. The road is visually on the map. The strange thing is that when you start at the beginning of the street and want to go to the end of the street, the route proposed does not take you straight along the street...which is the obvious way.
If you can help me, the route is in Ajax, ON. Try going from Westney Rd. North & Telford St. to Searell Avenue & Telford St.
I have same problem in my area. Don Minakar Drive has been extended up to Ebanezer road in Brampton ( and it shows on the map) but if I drive on the extended section of the road, my Nuvi always advises me to turn to different side road. It is exactly same problem like yours. I think the only solution to this problem is that we should report this issue to Navteq maps.
In Mapsource with the CNNANT 2010.10 maps, the routing from Westney Rd. along Telford St is OK as far as Carter-Bennett. Searell Ave is unreachable. There is some kind of routing error in the maps.
You should report the error to Navteq:
Thanks for the link. I submitted my complaint or correction to Navteq. Let us see if they do anything on it.
You're welcome, rookie8155.
On another note, I noticed on my way home from around Mayfield Golf Club that the southbound 410 ramp from Mayfield Rd is missing from the 2010.10 maps. Can you tell me if it got added in 2010.20? TIA.
Looking at it in MapSource there's a ramp from eastbound Mayfield to southbound 410. No full interchange, just a "T" intersection northbound 410 at Mayfield.
So 2010.20 is the same as 2010.10 - northbound exit and southbound on ramp from Mayfield Rd. eastbound.
...which explains why the nuvi routed me 410N to Mayfield on the way out, and Kennedy Rd om the way back.
From the following news announcement it seems that both services are the same as far as traffic info is concerned:-
"MSN Direct extends contract for NAVTEQ Traffic
Chicago –NAVTEQ, announced that its contract as the primary traffic data provider for MSN Direct has been extended. NAVTEQ Traffic will continue to be offered on Microsoft’s Live Search Maps web-based service, and as part of the MSN Direct connected services bundle offered on a growing number of connected portable navigation devices.
MSN Direct delivers a wide variety of content to commuters, including NAVTEQ Traffic data, which is sent wirelessly to GPS navigation devices, helping commuters get to their destinations faster. NAVTEQ Traffic’s robust data is derived from a comprehensive range of sources including sensors, probe data, combined traffic flow and incident coverage for accidents, road construction and closures, and detailed knowledge of local traffic patterns.
With the new contract, Microsoft has significantly expanded traffic coverage in its MSN Direct Traffic product. The new coverage includes 106 North American markets, all of which is powered by NAVTEQ Traffic.
NAVTEQ Traffic delivers comprehensive, up-to-the minute accurate information to leading North American companies like MSN Direct, offering:
• The most comprehensive proprietary data sources, including probe, sensor, local traffic patterns, and combined incident and flow information merged to create a complete and high-quality traffic solution
• Unique traffic processing and quality control mechanisms, using our proprietary NAVTEQ Smart Traffic Processor
• The industry’s widest array of distribution formats and business models"
Did you try different option in navigation menu? I mean options: fastest, less fuel, or shortest distance.
Over the weekend I noticed that the FM traffic information has significantly increased in the Toronto Ontario area. They are now including QEW in Burlington, 403 and 407 as well. Anyone else notice this?
I have not tried FM traffic yet. Still using MSN Direct, thought it is not that great anymore. Traffic info is not great and since they are winding down this service so I don't expect any improvement either. I don't know what will be next in technology to get most acurate info on your GPS device.
From this month's 8th many new speed camera and red light camera installed in Toronto. Is that updated in the recent red light and speed camera?
Can anyone advise?
I realize that you are pretty new here, but instead of re-resurrecting an ancient post from way back in 2009 it would be better to start a completely new post with your subject !
Thanks for your input.
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