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I've seen this question come up a few times. Enough so that it made me go look for info. And I found a few things.


1. Hyundai partnered with the Broadcaster Traffic Consortium (BTC) for weather and traffic data. Source: http://www.insideradio.com/free/hyundai-adds-hd-traffic-service/article_42fa8e26-ad14-11e6-836b-8f5509111955.html

2. That consortium has a website that hasn't been updated in years. You can go there for map coverage, but it's clearly out of date. The website is http://www.radiobtc.com/

3. The BTC represents multiple radio groups in the US and Canada. It's impossible to find out who, since the website is so outdated. I do find press releases alluding to 23 groups being part of the consortium. Personal experience: I get data when listening to HD FM radios that are part of the iHeartMedia group (formerly Clear Channel) in my area of the country.

4. The BTC has nothing to do with the traffic and weather data itself. It acts as a representative for all the radio groups. And the BTC has an agreement with a company called HERE (formerly a Nokia company, and Navteq before that). They're the ones providing the data to the radios in the BTC. And HERE does provide a coverage map (although that assumes there is a radio station that is part of the BTC in the areas where they do have coverage): https://coverage.here.com/


TL;DR version: check https://coverage.here.com/ to see if there's weather and traffic data coverage in your area. Clearly many areas in the country are not covered. That explains why the Palisade manual states that these features only work in some areas. And keep in mind that you have to be tuned to a radio station that carries that data (at least, that's my understanding), even in an area that has coverage.
 

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I am in an area where there is no HD radio reception and had many questions if it even worked.
Yesterday I went to Toronto (Canada) in my Palisade. As soon as I was in range for HD reception, it immediately and automatically tuned into "Weather" etc and as I drove, it automatically pulled in various HD stations. I listened the whole time to XM radio, and there is no need to tone to HD stations for weather etc. Again if you are in range of a HD weather station, it is automatic.
 

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I am in an area where there is no HD radio reception and had many questions if it even worked.
Yesterday I went to Toronto (Canada) in my Palisade. As soon as I was in range for HD reception, it immediately and automatically tuned into "Weather" etc and as I drove, it automatically pulled in various HD stations. I listened the whole time to XM radio, and there is no need to tone to HD stations for weather etc. Again if you are in range of a HD weather station, it is automatic.
Perhaps I didn't phrase things correctly.

XM is satellite, not FM or AM. So if you're listening to XM, you're not using the HD radio tuner. In that scenario, the HD radio tuner works in the background and downloads weather and traffic data.

That's not the question. The question is whether it works if you're listening to a radio that does NOT carry that data. In that scenario, you're actually using the tuner, so it can't go search for the data in the background or it would prevent you from listening to the radio you want. That's what I'm not clear on.
 

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Yes it does, you can be listening to an FM non HD radio station and the weather still works and updates itself in the background. There is never user interaction required...
 
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