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mlenser
28th June 2008, 06:55 PM
I had heard/read that TMC (http://www.tmcforum.com/en/about_tmc/what_is_tmc/) is coming soon to Australia and was wondering which street navigation units will support it? I was looking at the Garmin Nuvi 760 and noticed that the US and European versions come with the receiver but the Oz one doesn't. In looking at the US and European versions of the 760 I see that they have different receivers for TMC data. Any idea which system Australia will be compatible with?

Regards,
Mike

mlenser
8th August 2008, 04:27 PM
I saw that on the GPS Australia shop in the details section of the Garmin 760 there is the fillowing note:

* Note: TMS and MSN Direct not available in Australia. TMS is in trial period as of June 2008.Is there any news on future TMS/TMC system in Australia? Compatible units? Price range?

Regards,
Mike.

Nicko
8th August 2008, 06:31 PM
Not sure, will find out

robl
26th August 2008, 02:54 PM
Current supported TMC units are:

Mio, Navway, Pioneer, TomTom, and also the Ford Falcon G Series.

For more info see:

http://www.sunatraffic.com.au/consumer/approvedDevices.html

and

http://www.sunatraffic.com.au/consumer/index.html

Nicko
26th August 2008, 03:39 PM
Look for the Garmin Nuvi 255 and Nuvi 255W in the new gps products section or online shop, as they are compatible with Suna. Sorry I forget to mention it here.

mlenser
26th August 2008, 04:20 PM
The following products will become available with Suna Traffic Channel.
Please contact Garmin directly for more information about availability:

- nüvi 255
- nüvi 255W
- nüvi 265
- nüvi 265W
- nüvi 265T
- nüvi 265WT


Why is there no mention of the 760 being (or becoming) compatible?

nightshadow
29th August 2008, 09:51 PM
You need to check the frequency range for the 760.
In australia suna uses the RDS system - alternative channels run down a FM frequency. The frequency is different for each city (listed on SUNA). It is fully running in melbourne metro at the moment and trialling in Brisbane/Sydney.
i've use it in melbourne on a c720t (though don't have tmc myself) but it is good, and accurate. Of course there was either traffic or no traffic (little graduation of the strength of traffic) but was good for blocked roads etc.
A suna subscription will last for 3 years, and the hardware ID needs to be registered with suna, which is why garmin may not list the 760 as being compatible (a lot of european FM-based tmc services are free).
Suna said they may change the technology to WAP/GSM etc etc which is why the subscription says 3 years, but will essentially be much longer since FM seems to be popular.