On purchasing a Vauxhall Omega I was pleased to see the Trafficmaster Oracle system installed. Previously I had used an AA LED trafficmaster unit (Vodafone) which I found quite useful, the addition of a voice unit seemed perfect. The strangest thing though is that since I had the CAR400 radio/cassette changed to a VDO CD/radio by a vauxhall dealer, the trafficmaster no longer works! I get a message on the info display saying that I am receiving a phone call if I press the oracle button, but other than that nothing! Is this something to do with the new radio not having an audio input, or is there something that needs changing? Any help from other users would be useful - if possible email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
I had a trafficmaster system built in to my Vectra. The way it worked is that when you neared a motorway or major A road, the system received information from trafficmaster and told you of any delays within the next couple of junctions. The major problem with this is that the information that there is a delay is not really enough. When you are heading in towards central London on the M4, the device tells you that there are delays from junction 3. I know there are delays from junction 3. There always are. I just have to sit in them because the device doesn't tell you where else to go (of course in London there is not anywhere else to go - it is all jammed). Another annoying feature is that when you cross another motorway it gives you all of the problems for that motorway too because of course it can not tell that you will not turn on to it. Fine unless you are going past the M25. This also must be a nightmare if you live near a motorway. Every time you head down to the shops the device will tell you that there are delays. I honestly don't think that this kind of device is of any use in the south east - all of the major roads are clogged and without a suggestion of a cunning back route you are left with the certain knowledge of delays, but you can do nothing about it (unless you fancy getting prosecuted for reading a map whilst driving). Anyway, I got rid of the Vectra before it was a year old, so I didn't have to ever pay for the service (you only get a years subscription with the car). Despite all I have had to say, I probably would have renewed the subscription just in case it saved me one day.