A3 / A4 to have TMC from January 2007?
I've ordered an A3 Sportback TDI Quattro and specified RNS-E sat-nav. I'm intrigued by the TMC functionality and came across an article on the Telegraph web site (19 October) which states:
"TRAFFICMASTER PLC SIGNS NEW RDS-TMC CONTRACT WITH CITROEN AND PEUGEOT AND CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH AUDISorry I can't provide the URL, but the site prevents me from doing so as a newbie.
The contract extension with Audi means that live traffic data will now be available on factory-fitted DVD based navigation systems in the A4 and A3 models. From January 2007 Trafficmaster's RDS TMC service will then be available across all Audi models. This announcement follows a previous agreement signed in 2005, whereby RTT provided its RDS TMC service as standard into the Audi A6 and A8 vehicles and in the new Audi Q7 launched in 2006."
I asked my dealer about this and having checked with Audi UK all A3s built from Week 50 *should* be delivered with TMC functionality. However, Audi UK could not guarantee this and told the dealer that they would have to sort this with the customer (me) if not fitted. This seems a tad unfair on both dealer and customer having ordered a £25k+ car. I've been going to the dealer for >20 years so hopefully they'll see me right.
My questions are:
- Have any Forum members got any better information about this?
- Is the additional functionality delivered via an updated DVD (i.e. not dependent on the RNS-E head unit)?