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Audio: Radio - RDS / Traffic Announcement

NielsChr

Member
Oct 18, 2011
266
3
Denmark
Does the radio in Model S have RDS or more specific TA (trafic announcement) ?

Radio Data System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Every car I've owned have had this, and I have been very happy by this safety feature.
I belive RDS is also used in the US, but don't know if it is commonly used. Here in europe it is commonly - even in a cheap cars.


anyone know anything about RDS is available now or in the future for the model S ?
 

Robert.Boston

Model S VIN P01536
Oct 7, 2011
7,844
37
Portland, Maine, USA
In the US at least the Traffic is displayed graphically on the NAV display. It is better than RDS IMO.
Yes, but... the traffic is from Google (which is good), but it relies on you having 3G access. RDS simply comes across an FM signal, so it would be available even if you chose not to pay for 3G access.
 

mknox

Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
10,103
1,868
Toronto, ON
Does the radio in Model S have RDS or more specific TA (trafic announcement) ?

Radio Data System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Every car I've owned have had this, and I have been very happy by this safety feature.
I belive RDS is also used in the US, but don't know if it is commonly used. Here in europe it is commonly - even in a cheap cars.

We had that in the Toronto market quite a few years ago, but not any longer (we still have the song title display part of RDS). It would even stop a cassette (yep, that long ago) to play the traffic message as it came through.
 

mknox

Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
10,103
1,868
Toronto, ON
does anyone know the answer to this? i don't think we have RDS...

My Model S does not display any RDS data on the FM stations. In my recent experience, it seems only GM and a few other car brands handle RDS data any more. My previous Cadillac did.
 

zax123

CDN Model S 100D
Jun 4, 2012
915
101
Candiac, QC, CAN
It's a shame really... There is so much unused space on that audio screen. :) And it would be nice to know what I'm listening to (from the radio) sometimes without having to use Shazam. :)

Admittedly, I rarely listen to radio -- slacker and USB mostly.

Who knows, maybe this can come in a firmware upgrade...
 

FlasherZ

Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv
Jun 21, 2012
7,024
1,013
All I can remember is seeing an annoying <TRAF> symbol appear. The car's documentation said nothing about it, and I never had anything special play through my speakers. Guess we didn't have any traffic problems, or it just never worked. :)
 

ken830

Model S 85, Model 3 Performance
Jun 19, 2012
1,111
365
San Carlos, CA
Ken,

Are you on an FM station that supports HD? We don't have HD radio in my neck of the woods...

Yes, but even without HD (HD reception cuts in and out, and not all stations have it), I can see the RDS text. I guess I can try to turn HD off when I get in my car later to test it out.
 

zax123

CDN Model S 100D
Jun 4, 2012
915
101
Candiac, QC, CAN
This is all very sad. It's very strange that TM didn't decide to put RDS on our radios. I know FM is so antiquated, but still, every now and then, it's fun to listen to local stuff...

Don't know if this is firmware upgradeable...
 

mknox

Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
10,103
1,868
Toronto, ON
I'll have to check that out! Not sure it's available in Canada. :) Thanks!

Yep, it is. I've saved a few stations that I sometimes like to listen to in TuneIn. It's great because you don't have to worry about driving out of the signal reception area. Another thing I discovered about TuneIn is that they have a lot of podcasts available for streaming. I used to load up my iPhone with podcasts and play over Bluetooth, but now I've just saved the ones I listen to as TuneIn favorites as well. The best way to manage TuneIn is to go on through their web interface, sign up for a free account and set up your lists. Then, in the Model S, go to the Apps options page and enter your login credentials. When you go back to TuneIn in the Media interface, your favorites and lists will show up right there.
 

zax123

CDN Model S 100D
Jun 4, 2012
915
101
Candiac, QC, CAN
Yep, it is. I've saved a few stations that I sometimes like to listen to in TuneIn. It's great because you don't have to worry about driving out of the signal reception area. Another thing I discovered about TuneIn is that they have a lot of podcasts available for streaming. I used to load up my iPhone with podcasts and play over Bluetooth, but now I've just saved the ones I listen to as TuneIn favorites as well. The best way to manage TuneIn is to go on through their web interface, sign up for a free account and set up your lists. Then, in the Model S, go to the Apps options page and enter your login credentials. When you go back to TuneIn in the Media interface, your favorites and lists will show up right there.

Wow, I'm blown away again by this car...

That is awesome! The quality is probably better than the FM reception too!

Thanks for the suggestion and instructions guys, I'll check it out as soon as I'm in there. I've already created my account and my favorites.
 

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