GARMIN LIVE TRAFFIC
Everywhere you need it
We all know the feeling to be stuck in traffic on the way home, or on vacation. And we all agree that there are better ways to spend our free time. That’s why Garmin together with (our partner to be localized) continuously improve our traffic service by integrating new technologies to come out with the most up-to-date Live Traffic service everywhere you need it*. Get reliable alternative routes and enjoy your extra time!
At one glance, in the know
- Constantly adjust your estimated time of arrival based on your progress and traffic incidents.
- Provide alternative routes and tell you the time it will save.
- Provide a map view of the traffic situation around you.
- Give audible and visual advisories to tell you what’s up ahead.
Increase awareness with Live Traffic
With your safety in mind, Live Traffic also informs you about events on your route like wrong-way drivers, pedestrians on the road or slippery road - ensuring more driver awareness.
All the best bits of Garmin Live Traffic
Broader Coverage compared to standard Traffic service1: Traffic information is no longer restricted to busy major roads. Thanks to Garmin Live Traffic, advanced traffic information is available at your fingertips absolutely everywhere you need it, from inner city areas to out in the countryside.
1 minute refresh rate: Live Traffic information is refreshed every minute on your device, and believe us - one minute can really make a difference. A traffic jam moving at 15 km/h can back up by 250 metres in that time! Wouldn’t it be a pity to miss the next exit?
10-metre accuracy: Live Traffic shows you the full extent of traffic jams, within 10 metres of spot-on accuracy. So you can make fully-informed decisions when it comes to choosing alternative routes to get you to your destination as quickly as possible.
Included on most recent Garmin models
How can I get Traffic on my device?
Garmin Digital Traffic Via DAB Radio
Plug & play – If your Garmin sat nav is an LMT-D/ MT-D model, you’ll have access to DIGITAL Traffic straight out of the box via DAB.
Garmin Live Traffic via SmartphoneLink2
If your Garmin sat nav is an LMT-S/ MT-S model , you’ll have access without additional costs to Live Traffic via the SmartphoneLink or Drive app for iOS and Android phone. Just pair your compatible Garmin sat-nav and your phone via Bluetooth. No need to worry about your data plan, as no tethering is required.
Garmin Traffic Via FM
Beside Garmin LIVE Traffic, Garmin offers additionally free lifetime Traffic avoidance on “LMT/MT” ( and LMT/MT-D as back-up) devices via RDS-TMC. It works over the traditional analogue FM radio to inform you of delays and alternative routes. RDS (Radio data system) bandwidth is limited, so the amount of data you can receive via this method would be less than with Garmin Digital Traffic or Garmin Live Traffic via SmartphoneLink.
Where is Garmin Live Traffic coming from?
We obtain our traffic information from a number of sources:
Historic traffic data available from all over the world.
Real time traffic detected via people using Garmin smartphone apps.
Fleet management data and governmental information from our partners.
Police and road service information and press updates.
The more data we obtain every day, the more accurate our information becomes. All of this data is processed and modelled in our data-centres, before being supplied every 60 seconds to your device.
Improved coverage beyond TMC locations compared to standard traffic service thanks to improved Location Referencing technology and TPEG. TPEG is the next generation traffic protocol, the new traffic standard
1Compared to RDS-TMC Technology.
2To use this feature, you must download the Garmin Drive App or SmartphoneLink app to your compatible Bluetooth and GPS-enabled smartphone.