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Car Tech Spotlight: Hyundai Equus NavTraffic actually works

SiriusXM real-time traffic information service provides an accurate look down the road.

By Douglas Newcomb Nov 16, 2012 8:11AM

Hyundai Equus NavTraffic.I’ve experienced enough “real-time” traffic information in new cars to the point where I ignore it completely. Too many times, I haven't received updates when I needed them most.

While the technology has gotten better, when I need traffic information I still cross-reference what I get from a car’s navigation system with local radio reports, as well as data from a smartphone application.

But while doing errands in a 2013 Hyundai Equus Signature, the vehicle’s SiriusXM NavTraffic service didn’t disappoint. Not only did it give me detailed reports on my route, but also displayed a clear picture of what was happening around me in terms of traffic incidents and average speed in certain areas. It would also reroute me around traffic if I got stuck.

Most important, it was highly accurate.

I know because it was in the relatively small city center of Portland, Ore., so I was able to drive around and confirm that the information the system was providing was accurate. I did this several times over the course of a day.

This information will cost you, however. On my test Equus, NavTraffic comes free for the first 90 days, and then costs $3.99 a month for a subscription, which also requires a 12-month commitment if you don’t have a SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription.

You’ll have to decide if it’s worth it, but I can attest that it actually works well.

Hyundai Equus NavTraffic.

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