Article by Zam Karim (
) August 19, 2011 via http://techcentral.my/news/story.aspx?file=/2011/8/19/it_news/20110819104637&sec=it_news
PETALING JAYA: M3 Technologies Asia, the local distributor of Papago! and WayWay GPS devices, will launch a Traffic Message Channel (TMC) service exclusively for its users here soon.
The service, which is claimed to be the first of its kind in the country, is supposed to deliver traffic and travel information in real time to drivers via conventional FM radio broadcasts to the GPS unit.
The relayed information can then be used by drivers to avoid any traffic jams or incidents ahead. Newer GPS models distributed by M3Asia are also able to suggest alternative routes to the driver based on that data.
The company said it is partnering with a popular radio station (that is not ready to be officially announced) to provide the TMC service.
It will be made available to users for a minimum subscription period of 24 months. The rate is said to be below RM100.
Selected current Papago! models require users to purchase and install an additional compatible antenna to use the TMC service.
However the company said it just released the latest Papago! GPS that requires no such additional accessory - the new R6300T is the company's first model to support the upcoming TMC service out-of-the-box.
The R6300T is a 5in touchscreen model that runs on a dual-core SiRf V chip. It comes preinstalled with an improved X8 Navigation software, which is faster and has more functions, including voice activation command, 3D tour and travel guide, alternative & multipoint route planning and the ability to export track logs to Google Earth.
As with similar models, the R6300T can also double as a multimedia player and supports MP3, WAV, WMV and WMA formats.
It ships with maps for five countries - Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia and Thailand. The maps are provided by MalFreeMap, Navigasi.Net and Papago!
The Papago! R6300T retails for RM649 (without the TMC service subscription).