Suna rises on Fal­con

Ford is adding sat­nav fea­tures, writes STEPHEN OT­T­LEY

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TRAF­FIC jams will be a thing of the past for Ford Fal­con driv­ers thanks to a new satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem. Ford is pulling out all the stops to boost slow Fal­con sales and has be­come the first Aus­tralian car com­pany to of­fer Suna Traf­fic Chan­nel in its sat­nav.

Suna Traf­fic Chan­nel pro­vides up-to-date traf­fic con­di­tions on the sat­nav. It also can di­rect driv­ers around traf­fic jams and other de­lays.

The sys­tem in­cludes the latest red­light and fixed-point speed cam­era lo­ca­tions, which come with pop-up warn­ings.

The sat­nav also in­cludes the latest up­date of the Sen­sis Whereis maps and is avail­able in cars built from this month.

De­spite strong praise for the Fal­con from the in­dus­try, sales are still fall­ing well short of the 18-month-old Holden VE Com­modore. VFacts sales fig­ures for July show the FG Fal­con sold 3448 and Holden shifted 4906 Com­modores.

Though the Suna Traf­fic Chan­nel is avail­able on most af­ter­mar­ket sat­navs — in­clud­ing TomTom, Mio and Nav­man — the Fal­con is the only car to have it in the fac­tory unit.

‘‘Ford’s elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing team has worked closely and col­lab­o­ra­tively with the Suna Traf­fic Chan­nel provider in the past two years to make this ex­cit­ing new fea­ture a re­al­ity for the FG Fal­con, which has been de­signed from the out­set to be a tech­nol­ogy-ca­pa­ble ve­hi­cle plat­form,’’ Ford’s chief elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer Stu­art Tay­lor says.

The cur­rent-gen­er­a­tion Ter­ri­tory’s sat­nav sys­tem isn’t com­pat­i­ble with the Suna pro­gram but Ford spokesman Justin Lacy says that is likely to change next year.

The fea­ture adds $290 to the price of the Fal­con sat­nav. The sys­tem now costs $2290.

Suna has been de­vel­oped by In­telem­at­ics Aus­tralia, an RACV sub­sidiary, and has been op­er­at­ing in Melbourne since last year.

The sys­tem runs around the clock and re­ceives about 600 up­dates each day. The Fal­con deal co­in­cides with the sys­tem’s launch in Syd­ney and Bris­bane. Other ma­jor cities will be added in the next two years.

Ac­cord­ing to In­telem­at­ics CEO Adam Game, Suna is de­signed to give wide­spread cov­er­age.

‘‘In­telem­at­ics’ Suna traf­fic ser­vice pro­vides deep ur­ban ar­te­rial cov­er­age rather than just fo­cus­ing on in­ter-city free­way links and will ini­tially cover more than 75 per cent of Aus­tralia’s ur­ban pop­u­la­tion,’’ Game says.

‘‘Th­ese ur­ban traf­fic cor­ri­dors are more fre­quently used by Aus­tralian driv­ers and are piv­otal in the pro­vi­sion of a traf­fic-man­age­ment ser­vice in this coun­try.’’

Suna cov­ers more than 1.1 mil­lion kilo­me­tres of road and 600,000 points of in­ter­est. It in­cludes the latest roads, such as East­Link.

Warn­ing: Suna Traf­fic Chan­nel pro­vides alerts on traf­fic jams and ways of get­ting around them.

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