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Old 05-12-2012, 07:07 PM
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Accident!!!! Alert

I saw something new on my dashboard today...

I was driving along, minding my own business when a warning icon in yellow popped up on the lower right side. It was diamond shaped and looked like a car next to a gas pump or maybe a toll booth. After a few seconds the word "Accident!!!" showed up as well.

Although I'd not had an accident and the car was fine, I exited the freeway and the warning went off. When I got back on the warning didn't show up again.

It occurred to me that it was some sort of traffic warning as I had a destination set on my NAV.

But there was no accident visible more was there anything marked on the map.

The manual showed nothing of the sort, nor did a search of this forum.

So, what was it? Has anybody seen this warning?
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:06 PM
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Were you using the NAV with traffic on? Maybe there was an accident on the road you were going on.
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:07 PM
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I've experienced this with my 7. In my case there was an accident on the highway several miles ahead. I liked that I was alerted and prepared and was given sufficient warning to alter my route. Great feature IMO.
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:19 PM
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I've experienced this with my 7. In my case there was an accident on the highway several miles ahead. I liked that I was alerted and prepared and was given sufficient warning to alter my route. Great feature IMO.
That's what I thought... but there wasn't an accident.

Better a false alarm than missing something important, I guess.
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:53 AM
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That's what I thought... but there wasn't an accident.

Better a false alarm than missing something important, I guess.
Maybe there had been an accident somewhere along your route, not far ahead. I sometimes get that diamond with "Traffic Jam" shown, and sure enough, in a mile or so, very bad traffic. This occurs in "special" cases, even when the normal traffic indicators are shown on the nav map. I think it's an extra alert so if you don't have the nav screen up, you'll still see an alert. There are so many features in our cars that some people never know about, it's amazing to me the thinking that went into it.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:02 AM
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Some of us out here on the East coast are not getting fresh updates - this could be the case where you live as well.

Seems to have started on Thursday. The big tip off was on Friday morning when there seemed to be no traffic anywhere in NYC during rush hour, and the incidents I saw on Thurs night seemed to still be on my screen.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:10 AM
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I get tied up in slow traffic fairly often on my freeway commute but don't recall seeing this. I'm interested in hearing more. Is there a setting I need to adjust? Normally I don't have nav on when I commute.
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I get tied up in slow traffic fairly often on my freeway commute but don't recall seeing this. I'm interested in hearing more. Is there a setting I need to adjust? Normally I don't have nav on when I commute.
Do you mean the yellow triangle? I think I've only noticed it when guidance is engaged, and then, only in a few "extra" bad conditions -- not all the time. I don't think there's any special adjustment for this.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:27 AM
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I have seen this once in a year. It warned of dangerous conditions ahead (it was a foggy morning and the roads were slushy). Seems like a good feature, but it is a mystery when it works - I'm not sure where it comes from, when, why. If it was consistent, I would see this weekly based on all the traffic issues encountered. The Lincoln Tunnel could be closed due to a truck accident, traffic backed up for 2 miles, and not a peep out of this feature.
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:18 PM
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I have seen this many times. When you have the nav guidance activated and there is an accident along your route, the icon will appear on the dash as well as an icon and message on the nav display as you approach the accident. This info comes from the traffic information service, so sometimes there is no actual accident if you get there after the clean up and the info hasn't been updated. I have also had it come up with an "object on roadway" message, indicating debris along my route.
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