Fake-Time Traffic - 2009 Dodge Challenger Long-Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger: Fake-Time Traffic

December 02, 2009

Challenger Nav Screen With Traffic

According to the nav screen's traffic report, this strip of eastbound I-10 is suffering from "yellow" traffic conditions. However,according to me, it was suffering from "red" traffic conditions. At least that's what stop-and-go traffic seems like to me. There was also no mention of the eight-car fender benderold enough thatall the cars had been moved off to the side, or the stalled Toyota Celica a mile back further mucking up traffic.

Later in the week, I was sitting in stop-and-go "red" traffic south of Palm Springs, yet the nav traffic screen was still showinggreen lines. Later still, a portion of the westbound Highway 60 was showing green, but it was yellow at best. Laterer still, the 60 was showingyellow, yet I decided to take my chances that the system was full of crap. Sure enough, I cruised through yellow at75 mph. A call to a friend confirmed there was nothing reported on Google Maps or SigAlert.

In the above paragraph's cases, Sirius' LA traffic station wasn't reporting any issuesin the described areas, which leads me to believe thisunreliability is caused by the source rather thanDodge's navigation system.However, past cars' systems seemed reliable enough and I have to wonder how long before an OEM utilizes Google for real-time traffic rather than satellite radio given its superior perceived reliability (according to me) and its coverage of surface streets.

Whatever the reason, though, there was absolutely nothing real aboutthe Challenger's real-time traffic.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 15,562 miles

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