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Audio: Radio - RDS / Traffic Announcement

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by NielsChr, Jan 22, 2013.

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  1. NielsChr

    NielsChr Member

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    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 ?
     
  2. Lloyd

    Lloyd Active Member

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    In the US at least the Traffic is displayed graphically on the NAV display. It is better than RDS IMO.
     
  3. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    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.
     
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    mknox Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  5. zax123

    zax123 CDN Model S P308

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    does anyone know the answer to this? i don't think we have RDS...
     
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    mknox Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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    zax123 CDN Model S P308

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    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...
     
  8. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    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. :)
     
  9. ken830

    ken830 Model S (Res#P12,447)

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    It definitely displays RDS from FM stations. That's what it uses to look-up album cover art.
     
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    zax123 CDN Model S P308

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    Ken,

    Are you on an FM station that supports HD? We don't have HD radio in my neck of the woods...
     
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    ken830 Model S (Res#P12,447)

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    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.
     
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    I'm getting absolutely no RDS text at all yet my previous Cadillac did on the same stations.
     
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    ken830 Model S (Res#P12,447)

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    I was wrong. There doesn't seem to be RDS at all. What I was seeing was indeed from HD Radio reception.
     
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    zax123 CDN Model S P308

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    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...
     
  15. spatterso911

    spatterso911 MSP#7577 **--** MX#1891

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    Use Tune-in for the same station.


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    zax123 CDN Model S P308

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    I'll have to check that out! Not sure it's available in Canada. :) Thanks!
     
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    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.
     
  18. zax123

    zax123 CDN Model S P308

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    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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