Today, atlases are more relics of a bygone era than must-have tools. It's difficult to deny navigation systems are better - just ask a BMW driver you know who has one. They'll tell you how great it is to be able to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel while not having to rely on a directionally-challenged co-pilot.
If you haven't already traded in your atlas or printed MapQuest directions for a navigation system, now is the time. BMW is once again raising the bar on navigation functionality, offering drivers a new system called Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI). The new system offers an unparalleled, precise account of current traffic situations in real time. The advantage, of course, is that BMW drivers using the new navigation system are always up to date on the fastest possible route from A to B.
"The new system offers a premium alternative to the current Traffic Message Channel (TMC) as the information presented is based on significantly greater sources of data which are transmitted in real time delivering unique dependability and accuracy," says BMW.1
RTTI will be available on all new models equipped with BMW Navigation Professional and Bluetooth preparation with telematics, starting this month. There's just one catch. The system will only be available to European markets.
However, that's not to say it won't make its way stateside. Kuni BMW is keeping our fingers crossed over the prospect that the RTTI system will eventually gain traction in the U.S. as well. Though, like most good things, it's certain to take time.