2007 Infiniti G35 Sport: Real-Time Traffic Reports
November 07, 2007
Last night I had the unenviable task of getting from our offices in lovely Santa Monica clear across town to Silver Lake, during the oxymoronically named "rush hour." This endeavor involves no fewer than 3 freeways. So I wavered between two freeway routes and then ended up sticking with the one I always use. But in a discussion with techno whiz-kid Brian Moody, he suggested I see if our long-term 2007 Infiniti G35 Sport has real-time traffic.
The "Info" button above led me to the top screen, from whence I got the below screen.
Bear in mind that this photo was shot this morning. Last night it was "Traffic congestion" all through the screen, so I'm not sure how effective it is at a time like rush hour, where everything's backed up like Depardieu after 3 plates of ravioli. On the way home, it noted exit ramp closures and construction, since there wasn't much traffic that late. All good stuff to know.
My only source of confusion is very nitpick-y. I was on the 10 East, and I crossed the 405 (N/S). If I was past the 405 and heading away from it, why was it still giving me 405 readings? It would be more intuitive to have those on the list, but lower priority. I was still getting 10 East, 10 West, and both directions of 405. I would think that the top 5 or so listings would all concern the road I was driving on and in the right direction.
I know this is a silly point, but if a nav system knows you're on a particular road, and beeps if you miss your ramp, why wouldn't the traffic update have that same sense, and give you what you needed. A very minor complaint indeed.
Doug Lloyd, Senior Copy Editor @ 11,958 miles