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A preinstalled application on the Samsung Galaxy Tab will provide turn-by-turn navigation, with the option of receiving live traffic data.


Navigon's turn-by-turn navigation application will be preinstalled on Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets sold in Australia, and owners will have the option of a subscription to SUNA live traffic information for a one-off payment of $A19.95. That price will rise to around $A30 from January 1, 2011.

SUNA Traffic Channel collects detailed information on traffic flows from road sensors and probe vehicles, and merges it with known issues such as sporting events and roadworks to deliver up to the minute conditions to drivers. The data is distributed via FM radio and the Internet.

SUNA is also available on navigation devices and services from Alpine, Continental, Eclipse, Ford, Garmin, Google, Mio, Navman, Navteq, Navway, Ninemsn, Nissan, Nokia, Pioneer, Toyota and Uniden.

The current service area covers Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, and Perth.

Adam Game, CEO of Intelematics Australia (the RACV subsidiary that operates SUNA) said, "The availability of SUNA on the Galaxy Tab provides users with a fantastic way to access live traffic information which is relevant to their journey. We are excited to extend our existing partnership with NAVIGON and support a leading manufacturer like Samsung in offering their customers cutting edge technology."

Gerhard Mayr, vice president of Navigon's worldwide mobile phone business said "Our partnership with Intelematics has enabled us to help frustrated drivers steer clear of traffic congestion and we are pleased to be able to offer the same support to Samsung Galaxy Tab users."



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