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You can use the additional features of the Travel Companion to enhance your travel experience.
Your Travel Companion includes access to HP iPAQ trip planning services. Visit http://www.ipaq.com
to learn about the latest services and content available. Here you will find the free Web-based trip
planning service that allows you to personalize your travel by creating custom trip itineraries that you
can transfer to your Travel Companion for use during your travels.
Traffic Message Channel (TMC)
Your Travel Companion can provide you with better routes if Traffic Message Channel (TMC) information
is available. TMC is a specific application of the FM Radio Data System (RDS) used for broadcasting
real-time traffic and weather information.
NOTE: TMC is not a global service. It might not be available in your country or region. Ask your local
dealer for coverage details.
You need a TMC receiver attached to your Travel Companion to receive TMC information. To learn
more about compatible TMC solutions for your area, visit
If public TMC data is broadcast at your location, the Travel Companion automatically takes into account
the TMC information received. The receiver automatically searches the FM radio stations for TMC data,
and the decoded information is immediately used in route planning. As soon as the Travel Companion
receives traffic information that might affect your route, the Travel Companion warns you that it is
recalculating the route. Navigation then continues with a new route that is optimal considering the most
up-to-date traffic conditions.
List of traffic messages
Tap Traffic Messages in the Navigation Extras menu for a list of the nearest TMC events. The list is
arranged by the distance from your current location.
Use the scroll bar to navigate through the screens, and see traffic difficulties farther away from your
current position. You can alternately use one of the following options:
Opens a new screen to configure the TMC subsystem.
Shows the highlighted traffic difficulty on the map fit to the
Opens a new screen to maintain the TMC receiver and radio
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