Acura Division is hitting the road this week with a redesigned RL sedan that includes a navigation system linked to satellites to display traffic conditions in 20 cities.
The Acuralink system is standard equipment on RLs sold in the continental United States. The system piggybacks on the cars XM Satellite Radio signal to receive real-time traffic information. The traffic data are compiled by navigation map database provider Navteq, which sends the data to XM to transmit to the car.
Traffic information appears as an icon on the navigation system map. Information includes construction zones, traffic incidents such as crashes and the average speed of traffic.
The service is available to customers in 20 major metropolitan areas. All customers will receive a 12-month free trial but must pay a fee after the trial. The company would not say what that fee will be.
Other features of the Acuralink system include maintenance reminders, engine diagnostic information and a Bluetooth wireless telephone interface system.