Traffic Patterns from NAVTEQ help travellers avoid congestion and other tie-ups due to accidents or construction. Brazil has recently been added to the quickly growing list of countires included in the service area.
Originally launched in select North American cities in 2007, specific European regions were added in September of 2009 and Australia earlier this year.
Traffic Patterns has reduced driving times greatly for North American and European communters. The expected savings for Brazillian commuters is an average of 26 hours annually, based on everyday roundtrips of approximately 60km.
The coverage area on the Traffic Patterns by NAVTEQ for Brazil includes both the large major freeways and the smaller residential roads. Detours and routing options are plentiful in metropolitan centers like Sao Paulo, Rio de Janiero, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, and Salvador.
Many of the newer Garmin nuvi navigators are traffic compatible and use the NAVTEQ Traffic Patterns data. Subscriptions are included in the cost of the unit or the optional receiver, which users can purchase separately for compatible devices.