TomTom has released an upgraded version of its real-time traffic information service, HD Traffic, saying that HD Traffic 6.0 offers more precise information about roadworks, road closures and jam locations, helping drivers to get to their destinations faster.

It says the locations of traffic jams on highways are reported five times more accurately than with the previous version of TomTom HD Traffic, and up to 15 times more precisely than the industry standard, Traffic Message Channels.

TomTom's real-time driving community automatically detects road closures and roadworks even when they are not reported by official sources.


According to TomTom's tests, it says that up to 65 percent more closed roads were identified when using HD Traffic 6.0 compared to HD Traffic 5.0 - and that as many as nine out of every 10 roadwork reports issued by government and media were now corrected automatically by TomTom's updated service.

HD Traffic 6.0 is available as part of TomTom Live Services. Customers who already have Live Services will be automatically upgraded, free, to HD Traffic 6.0. It's already available in Germany and The Netherlands, and will be rolled out in 23 more countries by the end of 2013 - including South Africa, where it is due to be released for iPhone customers during September.