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post #6 of 30 (permalink) Old 28th November 2005
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Uhm - I heard this was FOC. The idea is that you need the CD solely to switch TMC on and therefore don't really want to pay for an upgraded CD
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I bought an 'evaluation copy' (!) from the guy on Parkers (sorry name eludes me) as Renault didn't even reply to my emails!
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I have just been to see the peeps at the local dealership who tell me that the only way to activate TMC is with the 2005 disk and also ( as I suspected) is has a limited life after activation. Presumably gives you a 12 month licence for thr TMC.

Can anyone tell me what TMC gives in a nutshell. Is it traffic flow data on motorways and main roads where the sensors are for instance, on the road bridges, or is is far more widespread an cleverer that that?

Most of my driving is local and if this is so, it is probably not worth buying the disc. Perhaps I too need to evaluate it before spending 125.


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I only just spotted the last post. I know it dates back to November, but it's still an unanswered question

TMC seems to give you a bit of everything. I think the data is compiled largely from available, published traffic information (the kind that you'd get on radio traffic bulletins) though I believe certain vehicle fleets have trackers fitted, automatically relaying any problems that their vehicles encounter. It's been a while since I looked into it, but I recall National Express Coaches and Eddie Stobart were two names that were mentioned in the early days. The data concentrates on main and trunk roads, but it's also often includes planned closures of even the tiniest and least significant roads, as well as accidents and hold-ups if they manage to make it into the news. So you get a bit of a mix really.

The alternative is TrafficMaster, which is a separate unit and monitors motorways, major A-Roads and a few minor A-Roads only. This is a totally automated 'live' system that operates off the little blue cameras that you see at the side of the road. The quality of the TrafficMaster data is vastly superior to TMC in my opinion, and when the two give me conflicting information (and they regularly do) I tend to trust TrafficMaster, as it's much more likely to be right. But TMC is definitely still worth having, and is a lot better than relying on RDS or having no information at all.
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TMC is only good if the infomation is up to date.

Example driving on the M40 towards Gatwick airport at 2am, my sat nav lady says "standing traffic ahead", I look on the screen and it displays the standing traffic warning triangle, but there is no standing traffic. Still it was worth 10 for the 2005 sat nav disc. 125 what a rip off.

If anyone wants a TMC enabled disc I suggest visiting look on the forum at Ownership Problems where you will find the thread about Renault TMC.
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