Is anyone using an FM traffic receiver in the NYC area? If so, how is the performance? Do you feel it is worth the cost?
I tried it in of all places Mooresville, NC, for my Magellan, and it didn't work worth a hoot. I spent hours trying to figure a way to make it work better and finally gave up and took it back. Not sure they are worth the money.
I am looking for a mini-USB TMC receiver for my Mio C310x. Do you have any experience with them and do you know where can I buy one? Thanks.
don't know that I do...sorry..
loved it...when i was leaving ny and taking the turnpike i learned from my fm reciever that there was an accident on the truck side before I was caught in it and was able to move over to the car side, that saved me several hours of waiting....it is also helpful in the Washington DC Baltimore area.
There is a dead spot just south of Baltimore around exit 50 on I-95. It hasn't been catching traffic slowdowns or accidents for about a 6 mile stretch.
Aside from that, I turn it on just before leaving. On the home screen I click on the Diamond shaped icon in the bottom right hand corner and every traffic notification alerts me of all of the fun and excitement to look forward to experiencing.
If they fix the dead spot, I will likely continue my subscription to their service.
Hi i use one in Brooklyn Ny and it works well
I have Garmin Nuvi 660 with "built in" FM Traffic receiver and found it to be a great asset in New Jersey, Phila, and NYC metro area.
Two great options (at least on the Nuvi):
1) Alert to traffic problems along a route--construction, accidents and general slow downs along with severity
2) Option to view all traffic problems in proximity to your location--Comes in handy if you are driving without route plotted and just want to know what traffic problems there are in your area.
Exit 49-53 on I-95 (just South of Baltimore, MD) is not updated well regarding traffic (unless that is the norm regarding flow of traffic).
I use the traffic receiver that comes with the Nuvii 660 in the Atlanta area and it works very well.
My Nuvi660 worked well this past week, informing me about the congestion on I15 to Vegas to see the CES show, however it only prompted me when I selected a route, otherwise it did display the areas of congestion ahead and behind me in Greater LA basin..
I had mine go off the other day for the first time. It was kind of nice. Not sure if I'm going to buy the service after the free trial. Did have a few spots where it said slow traffic ahead but I never ran into it. We were going maybe 60 mph.
Yesterday, in the busiest stretch of MD on 495 it didn't work. "Traffic Info Not available".
Not as reliable as I would hope.
On my c550 has worked 4.0 in all reaches of the D.C. area, in Seattle all over too when visiting last week, and in Greensboro & Raleigh NC all just fine. If you read up on these things - you need to live in a metropolatin area for them to work. The system does NOT have US-wide coverage, certainly not in small towns or rural areas (why would you need it there anyway?). Even then you sometimes get good secondary road info, sometimes not... but the reciever itself is quite sensitive if your area has coverage. I reommend you go to the GTM 20 page on the Garmin site before buying one - there is a coverage map there -
...but to answer the NYC question... is it worth it?
If you commute in NYC or major metropolitan area (I do in D.C.) - it's instrumental, pivotal, key to stress reduction. I love mine for helping route around jams, in concert with XM Radio traffic radio (which is not as accurate or fast actually). Never got "no signal" in my areas, at least on the c550. I see 5-30 warnings (3-7 on my route to detour) on every commute run....
I think dense-region commuters is what these were made for really-
Used the reciever but it keeps teling me better route available. How do I get the better route. I have a Garmin 550.
On my 550 I get a yellow diamond sign (lower right corner) when a better route is available - and click on it for the re-routing...
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