Verizon's VZ Navigator to offer Traffic Avoidance

Verizon's VZ Navigator to offer Traffic Avoidance
Verizon Wireless and Networks In Motion (NIM) today announced an update to their popular VZ Navigator service, coming in April. The new "version 4" will allow customers in 75 cities to access information about traffic incidents, updates, congestions and find detours around them. Routes will be calculated using both historical and real-time traffic data. The historical information will allow customers to see on average whether the vehicle movement is impacted by traffic lights, heavy traffic or school zones. VZ Navigator’s historical data covers over 750,000 miles of roads in 48 states across the nation, making travel time estimates more accurate. The incident and flow information will tell customers how traffic is flowing, and will include details about reported accidents, disabled vehicles and congestion. NIM’s Traffic Tracking Center continually monitors conditions along the customers’ routes, sending proactive alerts to drivers about conditions ahead of them on their chosen routes. Detour options allow for comparison of ETA and conditions, before selecting a new route. Traffic information is powered by NAVTEQ Traffic

In addition, VZ Navigator will offer a 3D perspective view (enhances navigation by displaying maps from angles customers would see through car windshields), a movie and events finder (for show times, critics’ ratings and other details for movies, concerts, plays, sporting events and other social events), weather reports and forecasts (current weather conditions and forecasts based on the location of the phone) , and local gas prices (location near by gas stations and prices).

Pricing for the new version of VZ Navigator will remain the same ($9.99/month subscription or $2.99/one day use)

Available locations:

Birmingham, Mobile, Phoenix, Tucson, Little Rock, Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco,San Jose, Colorado Springs, Denver, Hartford, Jacksonville, Miami, Naples, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Atlanta, Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville, New Orleans, Portsmouth, Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Minneapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis, Lincoln, Omaha, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Albany, Buffalo, New York, Rochester, Syracuse, Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Portland, Allentown, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre, Wilmington, Providence, Greenville, Memphis, Nashville, Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, Norfolk, Richmond, Seattle, Spokane, Washington DC, Milwaukee.

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12 Comments

1. Michael unregistered

That's a nice set of new features. I'm glad the price stayed the same.

2. RC unregistered

Sprint added this first with their navigation software, correct? Glad to see Verizon is adding it too; hopefully, AT&T will follow suit and add traffic rerouting to their navigation service too. Competition really is good for us consumers!

3. T-Money3000 unregistered

This is so exciting! I used to have to buy/subscribe to Rand McNally's Traffic from GIN to get my traffic updates! Now I can save $2.49/month!

4. DeeMan unregistered

The Good news: They made all these enhancements without "upping" the price. The Bad news: The updated version won't be released on the Pearl ( not yet anyways ) and VZ Nav still isn't available for the OTHER VZW smartphones.

5. unregistered

I rather use the navi in my car than to use a stupid LG interface VZW phone???

6. T-Money3000 unregistered

Just found out 2day.... may be available on Windows Mobile devices soon!!!!!!!

7. Aleks unregistered

Verizon was the first to come out with navigation you idiot. This is just an upgrade. And the navi has its own interface, nothing like the phone interface. Oh yeh, its more precise then any tomtom or garmin that you can buy. Any other dumb comments?

8. Jason Blacklock unregistered

Um, Yeah!!! Verizon has had VZ Nav for ever. I use it on my LG VX 8700 all the time. Works better than the nav on my car. lol

9. unregistered

"Verizon was the first to come out with navigation you idiot" ?? I don't think so. I had navigation in my cars since 1999. I don't think the VZ Navigator has been out that long.

10. e unregistered

still haven't seen the update. I woner when they plan to release it?

11. BitterBoy unregistered

It's out right now.

12. franklinmall unregistered

I finally figured out how to add addresses and look up businesses on the web and synchronize them to my Navigator's "Favorites". If anyone is interested here is the link: my.telenav.com

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