TomTom and Vodafone UK have announced that they are to jointly develop a new traffic information system that they claim will deliver superior travel time information.

This agreement will see TomTom’s in-house patented technology use information from the Vodafone UK network to provide accurate, real-time information on the speed and direction of cars travelling on all major roads across the UK.

As a result customers will have a better understanding of the exact traffic situation and be able to plan and change their route instantly to avoid traffic congestion.

Tim Stone, director of new business development and wholesale for Vodafone UK says: "Thanks to the quality of our data, UK drivers will soon be able to access up-to-the-minute traffic updates that will let them plan and navigate the fastest route for all their journeys".

Details of the service will be made available at launch which is expected to be in the first half of 2008.

All current and future TomTom users will be able to benefit from the service once it is available.