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Marvin Hlavac Posted - 29 mars 2005 : 12:29:09

INDEX:

  • NAVTEQ has announced the release of maps for Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland [2007/8/2] page 7 »


  • NAVTEQ has announced availability of full coverage maps for Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Slovenia [2007/6/19] page 7 »


  • NAVTEQ First Global Digital Map Supplier to Release Map of India [2007/6/14] page 7 »


  • NAVTEQ Releases First Turkey Map [2007/6/11] page 7 »


  • First Release of Thailand [2007/2/27] page 6 »


  • NAVTEQ Launches Map Reporter(TM) to Capture Users' Map Input [2007/1/15] page 6 »


  • Current data coverage for Mexico [2006/12/7] page 6 »


  • NAVTEQ Releases Complete Detailed Coverage for Finland [2006/09/20] page 5 »


  • NAVTEQ Launches Full Coverage Map of Australia [2006/08/21]
  • page 5 »

  • NAVTEQ Releases Full Coverage Map of South Africa [2006/07/19] page 5 »


  • NAVTEQ and Roscartographia (Russian Federal Agency for Geodesy and Cartography) Solidify Relationship [2006/06/27] page 4 »


  • Navteq will offer weather info in its map databases starting next year [2006/06/25] page 4 »


  • NAVTEQ Releases Full Coverage Map of Poland [2006/05/10] page 3 »


  • Spain and Portugal [2006/04/25] page 3 »


  • Maps Available for Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia & Montenegro [2006/04/24] page 3 »


  • Ireland [2006/03/28] page 2 »


  • Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, Balearic and Canary Islands [2006/03/06] page 2 »


  • Mexico [2006/01/11] page 2 »


  • NAVTEQ Offers Truck Attribute Data for NAVTEQ Map of North America [2005/10/18] page 2 »


  • NAVTEQ Introduces New Postcode Layer for UK [2005/10/10] page 2 »


  • NAVTEQ Signs Contract with PSMA Australia for Australian Map Data [2005/09/28] page 2 »


  • NAVTEQ Releases First Map of Romania [2005/09/13] page 1 »


  • NAVTEQ Launches First Map of Brazil [2005/08/8] page 1 »


  • NAVTEQ Releases First Map of Bulgaria [2005/07/18] page 1 »


  • First NAVTEQ Digital Map of Russia Now Available [2005/07/13] page 1 »


  • NAVTEQ Acquires South Korea Map Provider [2005/07/11] page 1 »


  • Aggressive Initiative to Integrate Extended Lane Attributes Throughout Europe and North America Continues [2005/05/18] page 1 »


  • Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania [2005/05/12] page 1 »


  • Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia [2005/03/28] page 1 »






    CHICAGO, March 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NAVTEQ , a leading global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has added new roads and updated attributes and geometry on existing roads in its maps of the following middle eastern countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The updated maps of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates were released in Q4 2004, and the updated map of Saudi Arabia was released in Q1 2005 to NAVTEQ’s direct customers.

    A variety of different updates were made to the road network of each of the aforementioned countries; however, some notable updates include:


    Bahrain
    -- Adding names and addresses to roadways in: Busaytin and Muharraq City
    in the Muharraq area, Maqsha in the Jidhafs area, Barbar and Sar in
    the Northern area, Bilad Al Qadeam in the Manama City area, Isa Town
    in the Isa Town area, A’Ali in the Central area, Alluzy and Rowdha in
    the Hamad Town area and Malkiya, Dumistan, and Karzakan in the Western
    area

    -- Extending the Skaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Hwy south from Wali Al Ahd Hwy


    Kuwait
    -- Adding new geometry in Zahra, within the city of Hawali

    -- Adding new geometry in the neighborhoods of Al Salam, Hateen, Um Al
    Haiman and the roadway west of 40 Road in the city of Ahmadi


    Oman
    -- Detailed coverage of the following 16 cities in Oman: Ibri, Khasab
    (Musandam Penninsula), As Suwaiq, Saham, Nizwa, Barka, Bahla, Shinas,
    Al Mudaybi, Al Khaburah, Al Musanaah, Al Rushtaq, Barka, Samail, Ibra
    and Qurriyat

    -- Detailed coverage of the northern side of the "Al Hahjar" mountain
    range to the coast - from Qurayyat to UAE border where a bulk of the
    population resides


    Qatar
    -- Updating road geometry, street names and addresses on all levels of
    roadway

    -- Adding new stadiums for the 2006 Asian games


    United Arab Emirates
    -- Adding street names and addresses where present in Mussaffah, Khalifa
    City B and Khalifa City A, Ajman and Ras al Khaimah

    -- Adding new roadways around Fujairah and new geometry in the Abu Dhabi
    area and Dubai


    Saudi Arabia
    -- Adding new coverage in Taif

    -- Updating road geometry in Jeddah and Riyadh
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    paulkbiba Posted - 06 févr. 2008 : 06:27:04
    Intellinav, or any other software provider, buys their maps from Navteq or TeleAtlas. The frequency with which they buy those maps is completely up to the software company. The updates are not cheap. Navteq and TeleAtlas make their income from charging for them. Thus frequency of updates depends on the software provider being able to afford to buy the updates, among other things.

    Now these updates are not "interchangeable". Every software company has its own algorithms about how to use the mapping data that Navteq, etc. provides. That is why you can't buy the data, yourself, from Navteq. It is Intellinav's software which will interpret this data and use it for navigation. TomTom will have its own method for doing this and it will certainly not be the same as Intellinav. This is why routing will be different from product to product. They may all use the same basic data, but they will interpret it differently.
    k-root Posted - 05 févr. 2008 : 08:25:41
    IS THIS WHY I CAN'T GET UPDATES FOR MY INTELLINAV 350. NAVTEQ SUPPLIES THE MAPS FOR INTELLINAV BUT WHEN CONTACTED ABOUT INTELLINAV MAP UPDATES THEY SAY INTELLINAV IS NOT IN THEIR DATABASE.

    Hey Intellinav finaly updated their maps. The update also updates the Intellinav One (350) to the new Intellinav 3 system with a new uncopiable 2 gig SD card. All new maps and more POIs for $79.99 with free shipping .
    rene1812 Posted - 11 oct. 2007 : 16:32:46
    guzya Posted - 01 oct. 2007 : 17:14:12
    Offtopic: Nokia to acquire NAVTEQ

    [EDIT - OT INDEED -> http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=98275]
    guzya Posted - 26 sept. 2007 : 14:55:10
    Navigon is shipping Q2 2007 maps of easter europe. Just got 7110 with a free upgrade coupon.
    Strange thing is that Navigon Support has no info about that map. Or just want to say. 'Official' info still:

    Below you will find the coverty which we offer for MN6:
    Poland: 21% (648,197km) Coverty
    Slovakia: 13% (10,990km) Coverty
    Slovenia: 19% (3,076km) Coverty
    Hungary: 30% (117,407km) Coverty
    Czech Republic: 20,9% (163,875km) Coverty

    BTW: Don't you think N's support is strange? No official forum or blog :( Got one big Navigon forum but it is in German only :(

    P.S. Nice comparison are provided by Cz portal: http://navigovat.mobilmania.cz/clanky/Ar.asp?ARI=113466&CHID=2&EXPS=&EXPA=
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 06 août 2007 : 19:08:44
    Audrius, keep an eye on the index on page # 1 of this thread - as soon as I see a press release I post it, and the page 1 index always gets updated at the same time.

    My guess is that it shouldn't take much longer for Navteq to have 100% coverage for Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. I think most of Eastern Europe and Scandinavia already has full coverage.
    audriusv Posted - 06 août 2007 : 18:14:50
    Thank you! Because I do not like TA maps at all... They are to buggy... And will be very exited when I get new NT maps. I have PNA Route66 Chicago 9000 and VDO PN2050BTMC (for wife). They are great products but whit out Baltic states maps... :-( When do you think we could expect good NT maps for Baltic states region Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia?
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 06 août 2007 : 02:22:34
    Likely no product has the new map data as of the time of this writing. The press release date was June 19th, so perhaps a few months from now you may start looking for products which include Q2-2007 Nevteq maps.
    audriusv Posted - 05 août 2007 : 21:39:01
    > Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Slovenia now have 100% coverage

    Hi,

    in what products we can find these maps?

    Thank you.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 02 août 2007 : 23:35:28

    Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland

    CHICAGO, July 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NAVTEQ , a leading global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has announced the release of four new countries in southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland. With the addition of these countries, NAVTEQ's coverage in the southern Africa region has increased to over 450,000 km of road network. The NAVTEQ(R) Map now includes 166 cities with areas of Detailed Coverage, NAVTEQ's highest specification, meaning that its full set of over 200 road attributes have been applied and verified.

    The number of foreign tourists to the area has doubled over a ten year period with many of them arriving in South Africa as their point of origin into the region. NAVTEQ's latest coverage provides connector roads from these countries to South Africa's full coverage map.

    Mary Hardwick, NAVTEQ Vice President of Product Management for Europe, Middle East and Africa, sees the additional NAVTEQ coverage as an asset to this growing industry. "Our customers have asked us to provide coverage from the major cities in the region to the major tourist attractions such as game parks. Because these new countries are built using our global database specification, customers will be able to more easily develop regional navigation applications."

    "The inclusion of over 29,000 Points of Interest, including petrol stations is particularly valuable in rural areas," stated Alastair Protheroe NAVTEQ, Director of Product Marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa. "Knowing in advance the location of petrol stations along your route, enables pre-planning and eliminates some of the apprehension of traveling into remote, unfamiliar areas."

    NAVTEQ provided the first automotive-grade navigable map of South Africa in 2002. The company expanded the map to full coverage in 2006.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 21 juin 2007 : 04:04:27

    Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Slovenia now have 100% coverage

    Chicago, IL– June 19, 2007 – NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT), a leading global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has announced availability of full coverage maps for Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Slovenia, providing a road network map from the Baltic Sea in the North, southwest to the Adriatic Sea. These countries represent some of the fastest growing economies in the region with a combined population of over 67 million. With full coverage maps for these five countries, drivers will have access to over one million kilometers of road network.

    Thirty-seven city areas are covered at NAVTEQ’s highest coverage level called Detailed Coverage. A cornerstone to NAVTEQ’s accuracy, this means that all the roads in the area are included in the data set and that all the attributes associated with the road have been verified by geographic analysts. The Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia datasets contain all navigable roads.

    “Our research indicates strong consumer interest in navigation systems for these countries, with the majority of those responding expressing interest in a multi-country map that could be used for holiday travel,” stated Mary Hardwick, Vice President of Product Management for Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Concentrating our build plans in areas that provide the highest opportunity for economic growth also enables our customers to commit resources to applications with direct consumer benefit outside of navigation such as fleet management systems that can improve customer service.”

    NAVTEQ has broad coverage in Central and Eastern Europe with road network maps for Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 15 juin 2007 : 19:05:20

    NAVTEQ First Global Digital Map Supplier to Release Map of India

    Chicago,IL -- NAVTEQ , a leading global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has announced its first availability of digital map coverage in India. The NAVTEQ(R) map of India covers a population of more than 53 million and includes over 64,000 kilometers of road for the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and the roads connecting these cities. The city centers of six major cities are covered at NAVTEQ's Detailed Coverage level, the highest and most complete database specification. The surrounding city areas include all navigable and named roads. All coverage areas include Points of Interest (POI) which can ease the use of navigation destination functionality or help users locate places and attractions of interest.

    India is the world's second fastest growing economy as well as its second largest country in population. "Our customers have told us that focusing on the country's main economic centers enables them to optimize their business plans," stated George Filley, Vice President of Product Management, Americas and Asia Pacific, for NAVTEQ. "Additionally, industry experts anticipate huge growth potential in fleet and tracking solutions. Creating a north-south corridor with the connector roads further extends our customers' potential opportunities."

    "We continue to align efforts in support of our customers as they expand their business models to reach further into Asia. And our global specification enables them to gain efficiencies in areas such as compilation which can improve their time to market which is so critical in an economy like this," added Rafay Khan, Vice President, of Business Development for Asia Pacific.

    NAVTEQ has extensive coverage in Asia including, along with India, maps for the following countries and territories: Australia, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and through NAV2, NAVTEQ's joint venture in China, a map in China.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 13 juin 2007 : 15:18:46

    NAVTEQ Releases First Turkey Map

    CHICAGO, June 11 -- NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT), a leading global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has announced its first release of digital map coverage in Turkey. The NAVTEQ(R) map of Turkey covers a population of more than 13 million and includes over 1,000 administrative places such as cities. The initial release contains over 28,000 kilometers of navigable roads for the cities of Istanbul and Ankara. The major highways, secondary roads, and arterial streets in these cities have been verified against 615+ validation rules and conform to NAVTEQ's standard global data specification. This attention to detail provides customers with a high quality dataset and allows them to use the data immediately with other NAVTEQ maps. Additionally, the NAVTEQ map of Turkey contains connector roads throughout the country, connecting the country's largest cities to each other and linking Turkey to Bulgaria and Greece.

    "The addition of the Turkey map provides a seamless link between Europe and the Middle East where we have extensive coverage," stated Mary Hardwick, Vice President of Product Management Europe, Middle East and Africa. "Because NAVTEQ provides maps in standard formats using a single data specification, customers will be able to easily integrate the Turkey map into their regional solutions providing users of navigation, wireless location-based, and fleet optimization systems a continuous corridor of coverage from Oman to Portugal and Norway."

    "Geographic analysts, deployed from Europe working along side local residents, assured that the map was built to the NAVTEQ global specification that incorporated local nuances," reported Christian Heyne, NAVTEQ Country Manager. "With our NAVTEQ team applying the NAVTEQ specification, our customers have the confidence that the map of Turkey will work in the same environment as any other NAVTEQ map they are currently using."

    NAVTEQ has the largest single database specification coverage in the Middle East including, along with Turkey, maps for the following countries and territories: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and U.A.E.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 08 juin 2007 : 20:50:50
    1. Yeah, I'd say maps may be from a couple of versions (quarters) old up to about 4 versions (quarters) old. It may depend on at which stage of the development of a new software version the product developer acquires the new data. If they acquire the map data at the beginning of working on a new software version then you can expect one year lag right there.

    2. Navteq does sell updates for some products. Check Navteq website.

    3. Garmin sells updates for its own products

    4. Pricing structures vary between manufacturers. But an update is almost never free (unless you purchase a product just before an update).
    wco81 Posted - 05 juin 2007 : 20:13:14
    My first GPS is en-route, a Garmin Nuvi 670 from Amazon.

    How old are the maps which come with GPS devices, a couple of quarters old?

    I don't suppose NavTeq will provide free updates to the latest, will they?

    I checked a couple of PDFs, the Q406 and Q407 for France. The number of POIs went from like 370k to over 400k. Sounds like a significant change.

    Are the maps specifically locked/formatted to different GPS models? IOW, would I go to Garmin to update maps or would I go to NavTeq or some third-parties?

    Do they charge an "update" price or do they charge you as if you're buying the whole thing again?
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 19 mai 2007 : 20:18:18
    That's an interesting observation. I didn't even notice that before you mentioned it. At first I only checked a few of the .pdf files for some of European countries, not paying much attention to anything more local to me :-)
    gpspassion Posted - 19 mai 2007 : 20:02:34
    Yes, too bad, NA is not as updated as the rest of the world, a problem on their site ? I wonder if maybe the actual NT releases are not lagging. Garmin v9 is 2006/Q2 in Europe, but could be 2006/Q1 in the US.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 19 mai 2007 : 19:59:19
    That's excellent source of info! I often wonder why Navteq doesn't make this info available on its own site.
    gpspassion Posted - 19 mai 2007 : 00:11:53
    Detailed reports on the latest changes fo Navteq maps around the world can be viewed >> HERE << on the nav4all site. Just click on the flag of the country you're interested in and you can get access to a detailed report in .pdf format.

    Q1/2007 reports are available for Europe, maps that have yet to surface on a consumer system.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 14 mars 2007 : 11:11:19
    The following Q & A session is a good general overview of NAVTEQ’s organizational structure and how they approach expansion into new international markets.

    http://www.midwestbusiness.com/news/viewnews.asp?newsletterID=16744
    RedRover1 Posted - 28 févr. 2007 : 15:58:03
    Interesting article http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/feb/26/mapmakers_savor_every_detail_making_kansas_more_ac/

    quote:
    In Kansas, six counties have been driven from end to end, road to road: Douglas, Leavenworth, Shawnee, Johnson, Wyandotte and Sedgwick. Maps of these counties include extra attributes such as roads, medians and other road features that may not show up on a generic map. Even new restaurants wind up in the database, Barr said.

    NAVTEQ has set a goal of 2008 for getting every county in the country up to that level.

    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 28 févr. 2007 : 11:21:23

    First Release of Thailand


    CHICAGO, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NAVTEQ , a leading global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has announced its expanded digital map coverage in the Asia Pacific region with its first release of Thailand. The NAVTEQ(R) map of Thailand covers a population of more than six million and includes over 15,500 kilometers of road network within the province of Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon).

    "Our continuing commitment to the Asia Pacific region is driven by our mission to be a global supplier, establish a presence and do business in local markets and to meet the needs of our global customers who want to grow their navigation and location-based products and services," stated Rafay Khan, Vice President, Business Development Asia Pacific.

    With the addition of Thailand, NAVTEQ offers robust digital map coverage in nine countries or territories within the Asia Pacific region, with plans for additional new country releases in 2007. Six countries or territories offer full coverage of the population, four of which feature 100% Detailed Coverage; NAVTEQ's highest coverage specification, which includes full attribution and verification of the complete road network. Along with its China joint venture, NAV2, NAVTEQ's Asia Pacific footprint currently covers over 700 million in population and includes over 10 million points of interest.

    To build customer interest and work together in future releases, NAVTEQ has formed a strategic alliance with Able ITS (AITS). NAVTEQ and AITS will work together to develop a highly accurate digital map database that will enable the launch of navigable and location based services in Thailand. AITS has local expertise in Thailand as well as extensive experience in developing digital map databases with a strong foundation in quality, delivery and productivity.
    tsa02 Posted - 06 févr. 2007 : 23:09:54
    I think

    NAVTEQ = PHILIPS
    TeleAtlas = Bosch

    and the leaders simulate confrontation ... about 1 billion USD per year...
    ELEGEND_YVR Posted - 20 janv. 2007 : 09:03:33
    That's cool....goes to show you why Navteq is the leader in GPS mapping.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 17 janv. 2007 : 14:30:47
    NAVTEQ Launches Map Reporter(TM) to Capture Users' Map Input

    I've sent map feedback to Navteq in the past, and the experience was very good. There was an immediate automated feedback, and few weeks later, when investigation of my map feedback was completed, there was yet another feedback from Navteq. This on-line tool just got better. It now includes on-line map. Check it out at http://mapreporter.navteq.com


    Newly Updated Site Encourages Users to Become 'Map Reporters'

    CHICAGO, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT), a
    leading global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and
    location-based solutions, has updated its popular online feedback tool and
    renamed it NAVTEQ Map Reporter (TM). Now in its 11th year and having
    already handled tens of thousands of update requests, the updated system is
    now map-based, giving users who discover potential discrepancies an easier
    way to provide feedback by pinpointing the exact location of the concern
    for possible updating of the database. NAVTEQ(R) maps are consulted an
    estimated 90 million times a day through vehicle navigation systems,
    portable navigation systems, internet mapping sites and geographic
    information systems applications.
    Map accuracy is the single most important indicator of a user's
    satisfaction with their navigation system. Many of the users of the NAVTEQ
    map have expressed a desire to provide feedback directly to the company and
    NAVTEQ has responded with an intuitive web interface. To address its global
    audience, NAVTEQ continues to offer the program in 9 languages (i.e. Dutch,
    English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish) and
    has included freeform address entry that resolves and streamlines address
    entry, the ability to attach images to clarify the nature of a concern and
    preference storing and tracking to ensure returning users are able to
    quickly submit and subsequently monitor their reports. Each submitted
    report is followed up individually and "map reporters" are able to monitor
    the resolution of their report and if a change is being made to the
    database.
    "NAVTEQ Map Reporter brings our established database updating system in
    line with the higher expectations our user community have expressed -- for
    accurate and timely digital maps -- and is an important part of how we
    identify areas of change for prioritized database maintenance activities.
    Aggregated map reports give us important insights into how our users are
    experiencing the changing real world," said Cliff Fox, Senior Vice
    President, NAVTEQ Map Division.
    The new system is available at http://www.navteq.com or
    http://mapreporter.navteq.com .
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 07 déc. 2006 : 23:11:20

    Mexico

    As of today NAVTEQ's navigable database of Mexico covers 234,398 miles (377,227 kilometers) and provides street network data for more than 3,000 urban and suburban towns. Over 70% of the total population is covered in NAVTEQ's map data, which provides detailed points of interest such as toll gates, gas stations and rest stops as well as other relevant location information like neighborhood and postal code boundaries.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 29 oct. 2006 : 21:17:08
    Navteq has the data. Now it's up to the developers to integrate the data into their products. Hopefully they will see enough potential market for these countries and they will include them in their existing products.

    It would be helpful if Navteq had on its website a way for consumers to find out which (3rd party) products offer coverage of for various countries.
    ELEGEND_YVR Posted - 29 oct. 2006 : 20:43:32
    Thanks Marvin. I only know of a few products that uses detailed Navigation software for Croatia like AdriaRoute(For Garmin) http://www.navigo-sistem.hr/index.php?page=products&pid=5&cid=83 a Pocket PC [Navman] and software only: http://www.mireo.hr/en/viaGPS/index.html
    and for the resorts of Mexico, it's done by individuals (Mexico Maps): http://www.mexicomaps.com/index.lasso?ref=maps&categorykey=631&id=B72519D6EDB2BF928D0581EEF8D4E779

    Not really any selection or options. So, I am not exactly sure what Navteq is referring to when they say they have updates, perhaps for Mexico City are other areas.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 29 oct. 2006 : 14:52:28
    ELEGEND_YVR, for individual consumers like us the only way to get the new data is to get an update or a new version of a navigation product that uses the data.

    The get more info, keep reading press releases. Navteq publishes press releases when it makes available for its direct customers (product developers) first initial map data for a "new" country, or full (100% population) coverage of another country.

    tsa02, some products may integrate the new data within few short months, but it may take even over a year with some other products.
    tsa02 Posted - 29 oct. 2006 : 05:17:59
    Ok, first map of Bulgaria announced in 2005. What is a common time for update?
    ELEGEND_YVR Posted - 29 oct. 2006 : 04:09:49
    Where can you order or get more info and these Navteq maps of different countries, say, Croatia and Mexico like Playa Del Carmen and Cancun?
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 28 oct. 2006 : 22:24:21
    Tsa02, yes, in many cases when a first map data of a country is announced it only has street level coverage of a few major cities. That should improve over time as updates are released.
    tsa02 Posted - 28 oct. 2006 : 21:17:13
    I think that Coverage of Bulgaria Map is very "ruff" - to general...
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 24 sept. 2006 : 03:04:34
    INDEX has been added to the first page: http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=25998
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 21 sept. 2006 : 21:08:26
    Press Center 09/20/2006

    NAVTEQ Releases Complete Detailed Coverage for Finland

    Highest Attribution Level Covers 100% Of Finnish Population

    Chicago, IL–September 20, 2006 – NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT), a leading global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has achieved another milestone in their plans for 100% complete Detailed Coverage of Western Europe. With the Q2/06 release of complete Detailed Coverage for Finland, all navigable and named roads in Finland have been verified and up to 204 NAVTEQ attributes have been applied to those roads where applicable. Attributes enable and enhance navigation by avoiding legal and physical restrictions and providing important driver information such as number of lanes in each direction of travel, speed limits and special speed situations. Also included are over 40 categories of Points of Interest (POIs) that assist users in selecting their destination and routing to the businesses like restaurants, stores and gas stations they are looking for. POI attributes include identifying that the name is different in another language from its natural language, a common situation in the bilingual areas of the country where both Finnish and Swedish are spoken and written.

    “Complete Detailed Coverage allows NAVTEQ customers to develop turn-by-turn navigation applications for over five million Finns from urban areas such as Helsinki to the remote tundra in Lapland,” stated George Filley, Vice President of Product Management for NAVTEQ, “We’re one step closer to meeting our goal to provide our highest level of road network attribution to all Western Europeans by the end of the year.”

    With the commencement of the EU Presidency in Finland in July, NAVTEQ’s over 600,000 km of roads and approximately 12,000 POIs will benefit the participants to the approximately 130 meetings scattered around over 20 locations in the country that are expected to take place in Finland.
    bholland30 Posted - 08 sept. 2006 : 22:20:42
    THANKS FOR THAT INFO
    I suppose I will have to wait hey.

    quote:
    Originally posted by Marvin Hlavac

    bholland30, to answer you first question, I don't think you can today buy the new Australia Navteq maps, yet. Navteq on August 21, 2006 announced the release of its first "Full Coverage Map of Australia". That means that around this time Navteq's direct customers (the product developers) are getting access to the new map data. It may take several months till we see consumers products available.

    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 08 sept. 2006 : 19:21:38
    bholland30, to answer you first question, I don't think you can today buy the new Australia Navteq maps, yet. Navteq on August 21, 2006 announced the release of its first "Full Coverage Map of Australia". That means that around this time Navteq's direct customers (the product developers) are getting access to the new map data. It may take several months till we see consumers products available.
    bholland30 Posted - 05 sept. 2006 : 14:34:55
    GREAT NEWS THANKS.
    where can I buy the Australia Navteq maps .
    I want to buy a europe PNA can you tell me which one I can buy with all street level europe Navteq maps on it and put the Australian Navteq map in or use the Australian sd card.
    I have been looking at Transonic maybe the new 7000T model is the go.
    Can you help me.
    THANKS AGAIN
    Seeya
    Barry




    quote:
    Originally posted by Marvin Hlavac

    NAVTEQ Signs Contract with PSMA Australia for Australian Map Data

    Critical Milestone en Route to First NAVTEQ Australian Product


    CHICAGO, Sept. 28, 2005 NAVTEQ announced today that it will collaborate with PSMA Australia Limited to create its first map of Australia. PSMA Australia provides comprehensive, quality Australian digital mapping data derived from authoritative government sources.

    NAVTEQ will integrate PSMA Australia information with detailed navigable data that has already been collected by NAVTEQ field teams. The blending of NAVTEQ and PSMA Australia data will deliver a premium navigation experience in the major metro areas where the majority of the population lives and drives -- while providing complete coverage of Australia.

    NAVTEQ maps currently span over 50 countries and, with the addition of Australia, six continents. For accuracy, NAVTEQ has field researchers strategically located in 122 offices in 21 countries, actually driving the roads, verifying and updating road network and detailed road attribute information. NAVTEQ delivers data to the same database specification utilizing the same technology at a consistently high level of quality and support around the world.

    "We were looking for an Australian partner that could provide a broad, high quality foundation to which we could add our proprietary Detailed Coverage navigable map data, and PSMA Australia offered the best data," commented John MacLeod, Executive Vice President - Global Marketing and Strategy, NAVTEQ.

    PSMA Australia's Director of Operations and Chief Executive Officer, Dan
    Paull said, "Our relationship with NAVTEQ is an important one. We are pleased to be working with the global leader in digital mapping and we support NAVTEQ's efforts to drive growth and development in Australia's navigation industry." "We are delighted that NAVTEQ has become our newest Value Added Reseller. Value Added Resellers integrate their specialty product or service with PSMA. Australia's spatial information to provide complete solutions for both the public and private sector," said Mr. Paull.



    About PSMA Australia Limited

    PSMA Australia is Australia's leading source of quality digital mapping data, with coverage that spans the continent. PSMA Australia combines reliable spatial data from authoritative Australian government sources with leading-edge technology to create national spatial mapping datasets. The suite of national spatial datasets includes: roads, point street addresses, cadastral boundaries, government administrative boundaries and points of interest, with several other datasets in various stages of assembly. PSMA Australia is an unlisted public company wholly owned by the state, territory and Australian Governments.


    RedRover1 Posted - 25 août 2006 : 00:34:27
    The other thing is that they seemed to take staff from other countries for this project which, might explain why some of the updates seem to be slow in coming in the other countries.

    quote:
    To build the NAVTEQ map of Australia, more than 45 field analysts from the United States, Europe and Australia spent more than six months driving more than 227,000 kilometers and collecting approximately 63,000 points of interest.

    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 24 août 2006 : 23:25:00
    NAVTEQ Launches Full Coverage Map of Australia

    Coinciding with the 400th Anniversary of Australia’s First Surveyed Map


    Chicago, IL – August 21, 2006 – NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT), a leading global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has announced the immediate availability of its full coverage navigable map of Australia. With the release of Australia, NAVTEQ® maps now cover 6 continents and 58 countries. This offering is another notable achievement in NAVTEQ’s initiative to grow its map portfolio and to support its customers in the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific navigation market.

    “2006 is a year of great importance to Australians and I can think of no more symbolic time to launch our map database of Australia. The 400th anniversary of the first documented instance of navigators is a story that captures the essence of NAVTEQ as modern day explorers and cartographers; like the crew of the Duyfken who first charted the Australian Coastline,” said Rich Shuman, Senior Vice President, Asia-Pacific Sales.

    Today, the NAVTEQ map of Australia covers approximately 99% of Australia’s population, is fully navigable and enables door-to-door route calculations and turn-by-turn route guidance. Detailed road network information, including a collection of up to 204 attributes such as one-way streets and turn restrictions, enables navigation systems to provide efficient routing.

    To build the NAVTEQ map of Australia, more than 45 field analysts from the United States, Europe and Australia spent more than six months driving more than 227,000 kilometers and collecting approximately 63,000 points of interest. By comparison, the Duyfken charted 300 kilometers of coastline in roughly the same time period. “Our Australian employees are especially proud to have worked on this project.” said Kirk Mitchell, Australia Business Development Manager. All efforts were coordinated out of NAVTEQ’s newest regional office in Melbourne, Australia.



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    What I find interesting is that while previously Navteq claimed to provide up to about 160 road attributes, now for Australia the number went significantly up all the way to 204 attributes
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 24 août 2006 : 23:21:29
    Patrik, how do you like the new Navteq 2006 data? Are even small towns covered down to the street level?
    ludlum Posted - 24 août 2006 : 18:30:06
    This link shows the latest mapping details for Ireland as provided my Navteq

    http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?formtype=address&country=IE&addtohistory=&city=

    Apologies to admin and mods if posted already.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 10 août 2006 : 12:27:25
    Ilian, Navteq sells the data to its direct customers (product/software developers). If you need a program for laptop look at Microsoft MapPoint 2006. The European version is expected to be released any day now. Check the following link for coverage: http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=55230
    admin_0 Posted - 10 août 2006 : 03:53:13
    Hello Martin, could you tell me where I can buy maps of Bulgaria and whether I can use them on a laptop. I read your report about Navteq but as most of the digital maps they are not suitable for laptops. Thank you for your help.

    ilian


    quote:
    Originally posted by Marvin Hlavac

    NAVTEQ Releases First Map of Bulgaria

    [July 18, 2005] NAVTEQ has released its first map of Bulgaria's road network. The map is available to NAVTEQ's direct customers with the Q2 2005 version of the NAVTEQ database and all subsequent releases.

    To create a digital map of Bulgaria's major roads, NAVTEQ's field researchers recorded some 5,300 kilometers of motorway and main connector roads. The new Bulgarian map database now connects Bulgaria's 29 major cities with 25,000 inhabitants or more including its capital Sofia, Burgas, Pleven, Ruse, Sliven, Stara, Zagora, Varna and Veliko Tarnovo.

    Over 500 points of interest (POI) in a wide variety of categories give digital map data users important location information. For example, the database contains information on petrol stations, service areas, car parks, border crossings, international airports, historic monuments, national parks, hotels and restaurants. In addition, 26 POIs of national importance, like the country's famous cloister Rilskijat Manastir, have been included.

    As part of NAVTEQ's aggressive digital mapping effort targeting the Eastern European road network, NAVTEQ already supplies map material for the following countries: Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Greece and Hungary.


    unoriginal Posted - 01 août 2006 : 01:16:26
    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-gps31jul31,0,5930284.story?coll=la-home-business

    free registration required to read the above article


    Title:GPS Unit Maker Finds Its Way in Crowded Market
    Garmin leads in sales of devices not built into dashboards, but bigger names are muscling in.

    "After starting out by helping pilots get around, navigational device maker Garmin Ltd. is now more likely to aid a motorist in finding the quickest interstate or the nearest pizza parlor.

    But as drivers have snapped up millions of the satellite-reading devices for their cars, the surge in interest has attracted new and bigger players into what had been a rather isolated market.

    Now Garmin could need one of its GPS units just to keep from getting lost. "
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 28 juil. 2006 : 11:59:02
    Hi Snirdan,

    My guess would be that they just simply don't know. Often times it is quite difficult to find out what version map data has been used in a product. Even if you ask a person working for the product developer, they may just simply not know. Product package doesn't say for example "Navteq Q4 2005".

    A simple rule of thumb that I use is that any newly released product contains map data that is approximately 2 two 3 years old. As upsetting as this may at first seem, this is the fact of life. The process of making navigable maps is a lengthy one. Printed maps are more up-to-date, yet they offer fewer features.

    Marvin Hlavac
    snirdan Posted - 28 juil. 2006 : 11:35:52
    Why Semmsons or Buygpsnow is not telling us before buying the date of the paps they are selling?
    is it right to buy maps from 2004 at mid 2006 with out konwing it?
    thinking thet we are buying the up to date maps.
    is it is not part of their duty

    Can the form help?

    thanks a lot

    PS the only place I fined the date is in Destinator PN in Buygpsnow in USA and Europe that all
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 21 juil. 2006 : 01:55:12


    KPCC broadcast a 15 minute interview about maps, Navteq, Rand McNally, The Thomas Brothers Guide to the streets of California, etc. Here is the link to the audio file: > play < It is in RealAudio format. If needed, you can download a free player from www.real.com

    Marvin Hlavac
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 21 juil. 2006 : 01:02:11
    NAVTEQ Releases Full Coverage Map of South Africa

    Company Prepares to Meet Digital Map Needs During FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa

    CHICAGO, July 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT) , a leading global provider of digital map data for location-based solutions and vehicle navigation, has announced a full coverage map for South Africa. Included in the data set is over 450,000 km of roads, enabling customers using the NAVTEQ(R) digital map for South Africa to create navigation solutions for the entire country. The full coverage product, which reaches approximately one hundred percent of South Africa's population, includes over 25,000 points of interest including high value listings such as approximately 3,900 restaurants and 2,100 hotels. Customers integrating the map into consumer and business applications will have access to data representing over 4,955 named places in the country.

    "Because of the strong growth in digital map based applications, NAVTEQ has already significantly enhanced its coverage of South Africa. Moving forward, we plan on continuing to expand our coverage in South Africa to meet the evolving needs of the growing user base of digital maps," stated George Filley, Vice President of Product Management, for NAVTEQ. NAVTEQ has also made a commitment to provide expanded coverage to support navigation needs during FIFA World Cup to be held in South Africa in 2010, enabling navigation between venues and providing detailed destination information.

    The NAVTEQ database now includes virtually all navigable and named roads in South Africa, with full verification of all functional class one through four roads. These functional classes range from high volume, controlled access roads connecting urban areas to roads connecting major business streets with residential roads. The NAVTEQ field office located in Johannesburg employs a team of geographic analysts, enabling NAVTEQ to continue to expand the population of the country covered at its highest and most complete database specification, Detailed Coverage, in the near future. Detailed Coverage represents collection of up to 160 attributes on all roads and currently exists in twenty-three cities in South Africa.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 13 juil. 2006 : 12:12:03
    Hi Hector, yes, it seems like Q2 2006 since the press release was dated April 25.

    Marvin Hlavac
    admin_0 Posted - 13 juil. 2006 : 11:01:09
    quote:
    Originally posted by Marvin Hlavac

    Spain and Portugal

    Field Team Completes Collection of Navigation Attributes for Complete Road Network in Spain and Portugal





    I'm very interested in this announcement, as lane indications would be of much help (i'm going to live in the largest city of Spain for some months). What map version should we expect to have this added? Q2 2006? I think i'm going to wait for MN6 to catch up with the maps...
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 11 juil. 2006 : 13:29:57


    SAN FRANCISCO, CA, July 11, 2006 — LandSonar™, a leading supplier of network delivered predictive traffic products, announces a broad, technology and product licensing agreement with NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT). LandSonar has licensed to NAVTEQ its core LandSonar Predictive Speed (LPS™) product, which offers predictive speed values with extensive coverage of the US continental road network.

    LPS, one of a series of products stemming from LandSonar’s complete, accurate predictive capability, projects speeds to the NAVTEQ linkID and traffic code level in increments as short as fifteen minutes. With this key new tool and its granularity, estimated delivery windows, arrival times and travel durations are significantly more precise. LPS and NAVTEQ® map data are designed for use with all market leading routing and mapping management tools.

    “NAVTEQ continues to enhance its portfolio of creative traffic content to bring higher levels of functionality to navigation products.” said Howard Hayes, vice president, Dynamic Content product management. “So, we are pleased to be further building our relationship with LandSonar, an innovative data supplier who obviously shares our vision. We look forward to further developments.”

    LandSonar has been at work for over three years collecting billions of open and proprietary historic GPS and sensor observations to develop a highly accurate predictive capability. It is first to market full coverage forecast traffic data products to commercial, consumer and government customers. These businesses now use LandSonar powered products like NAVTEQ map data to increase fleet efficiency, improve customer service and reduce wasted time on the road.

    “NAVTEQ is the standard bearer for map accuracy and coverage in North America. Our data’s accuracy is a complement to their approach of quality first.” said Robert Reid, executive vice president and co-founder at LandSonar. “Until now, digital maps have limited the expression of speed to static speed limits. With LPS, it is now possible for map data to reveal the reality of ‘rush hour’ in a way that is easy for navigation and routing solutions to use. The plans NAVTEQ has for LPS promises to fundamentally change routing and navigation.”

    LPS in NAVTEQ format for the continental US is now available directly from LandSonar and will be available from other parties as an integrated part of NAVTEQ map data in the coming months.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 08 juil. 2006 : 14:11:00




    "...TeleAtlas [the competitor] relies more on existing data sources and less on fieldwork to update its records..."

    The full article at http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/09/automobiles/09GPS.html

    Marvin Hlavac
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 05 juil. 2006 : 17:56:44
    Likely you will not find any "bad" GPS unit on the market today. And I don't think it would be appropriate for someone to state a particular model is "the best" for everyone. The best is what fits your particular needs the best.

    Search this site for user feedback and reviews on models you are considering.

    Marvin Hlavac
    admin_0 Posted - 05 juil. 2006 : 17:26:05
    I have one question.Who GPS is the best of this 3 GPS?

    tomtom Go 910 navigate

    NAVMAN ICN 530

    MIO C710

    I have an question for you all.Whoose the best GPS of this 3 tomtom Go 910 navigation system,MIO C710 or NAVMAN ICN 530
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 03 juil. 2006 : 15:40:20


    On the road with the map masters

    ESTHER J. CEPEDA, Chicago Sun-Times Staff Reporter wrote an interesting article just published at http://www.suntimes.com/output/business/cst-fin-navteq03.html



    "Navteq operates 133 offices in 24 countries, and has mapped about 60 foreign countries. Employees are mapping five to 10 countries each year, with Japan, Korea and China high on the list for expansion."

    Read more in the newspaper article.

    Marvin Hlavac
    generalpatsajak Posted - 29 juin 2006 : 23:31:50
    quote:
    Originally posted by gpspassion

    Might be old news, but just noticed that http://local.live.com/ had full road "Mappoint looking" maps for Europe now and they seem to be Navteq Q1/2006 maps

    Greece doesn't seem to be much more detailed than in the past.

    How do the maps compare with the ones Tele Atlas have?
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    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 28 juin 2006 : 12:06:30
    NAVTEQ and Roscartographia (Russian Federal Agency for Geodesy and Cartography) Solidify Relationship

    CHICAGO, June 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT - News), a leading global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, and Roscartographia (The Russian Federal Agency for Geodesy and Cartography) have executed a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation to support the growth of the digital map industry in Russia. The memorandum acknowledges a mutual desire to promote the industry and raise awareness of the wide uses of digital map applications.

    "NAVTEQ has enjoyed a positive presence in Russia and we look forward to enhancing our relationships in Russia through continued development of the NAVTEQ digital map database," stated Yiannis Moissidis, Vice President of Business Development, Europe, Middle East and Africa for NAVTEQ.

    NAVTEQ released its first commercial database of Russia in July, 2005. NAVTEQ CIS (formerly known as NT Data CIS) is NAVTEQ's subsidiary in Russia.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 28 juin 2006 : 11:59:53
    Chip, thanks! Here is a portion of the press release:

    CHICAGO, June 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT - News), a leading global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has announced Camera Alert for NAVTEQ(TM), a feature enabling NAVTEQ customers to develop applications that alert the driver to the location of cameras along their route. Camera Alert enables geo-referencing of a variety of camera location categories, and is updated and released on a monthly cycle to support its dynamic properties. The first release of Camera Alert for NAVTEQ contains the location of both permanent and pre-announced speed cameras.
    chipster Posted - 27 juin 2006 : 00:08:47
    Navteq will offer "Camera Alert" locations as a new database attribute.

    See the article here:

    http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060626/cgm052.html?.v=49

    They mentioned monthly database updates. Wonder when GPS makers will match that frequency.

    Chip Cleveland
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 25 juin 2006 : 04:36:16


    Navteq will offer weather info in its map databases starting next year, CEO Judson Green said at a recent Bear Stearns conference.

    Marvin Hlavac
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 02 juin 2006 : 03:47:16
    Yes, it happened at midnight on the 23rd of May. In the morning the data was NavTeq 2006, but the night before it was still NavTeq 2004 ;-) I guess Microsoft didn't bother updating the old version of Windows Live Local since the new version was just around the corner. And now I think pretty much all the major on-line mapping services use 2006 version data, Yahoo, Google, MapQuest, etc.

    For Greece perhaps MapQuest may give better coverage at this time as it uses map data by AND for that part of the world. NavTeq products seem to only have street level coverage for Athens and not much more so far.


    Marvin Hlavac
    gpspassion Posted - 02 juin 2006 : 01:48:18
    Might be old news, but just noticed that http://local.live.com/ had full road "Mappoint looking" maps for Europe now and they seem to be Navteq Q1/2006 maps

    Greece doesn't seem to be much more detailed than in the past.

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    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 30 mai 2006 : 23:24:38


    NavTeq was featured on last night's NBC Nightly News.

    Here's the 2 minute long video clip (plus commercial advertisement :-)

    http://tinyurl.com/ltbk5

    Marvin Hlavac
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 23 mai 2006 : 00:45:53
    OK, the following is from FOOL.com , but it has been written by Ryan Fuhrmann, CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), so it may be worth reading ;-)

    "Navigation systems for automobiles constitute NAVTEQ's current bread and butter, providing 70% of 2005 revenue. The company estimates that 10 million vehicles have been equipped with navigation systems employing its technology. It also stated that 18 billion online navigation requests used its database in 2005..."

    "NAVTEQ is the undisputed market leader in providing digital map information. As far as I have found, there is no true competitor; European-based Tele Atlas comes in a distant second..."


    Link to the article: http://www.fool.com/news/commentary/2006/commentary06052215.htm


    Marvin Hlavac
    gpspassion Posted - 21 mai 2006 : 22:27:19
    Yes as Route 66 uses them, but under some kind of joint venture I believe.

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    blueo2 Posted - 21 mai 2006 : 22:22:23
    I think Navteq also has Chinese maps
    Steve672 Posted - 18 mai 2006 : 15:49:05
    This quote came off the Garmin web site. It would appear that you might need software that's specially tailored to the particular product.
    "Our City Navigator NT DVDs include the same detailed maps and coverage areas found on Garmin's City Navigator North America and City Navigator Europe DVDs. The only difference is the compression technique we use to create these DVDs.

    City Navigator NT data is identical to the content on existing City Navigator products, so you can still literally travel to a new city, look up your hotel, restaurants, and other services and use your compatible Garmin GPS to guide you there without stopping for directions. City Navigator NT includes the same fully routable detailed maps.

    NT software is not sold separately. Since data is compressed differently than our other products, it can only be used with compatible Garmin products."



    Steve
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 18 mai 2006 : 13:28:04
    MajorGrubert, the user manual of your nüvi 350 describes the process of installing new maps. Check the Index --> "Purchasing Additional MapSource Maps" section.

    However, as with any other similar product, it may take even a year from the day NavTeq announces new map data availability (to its direct customers) till the data actually becomes available to consumers.

    Marvin Hlavac
    MajorGrubert Posted - 18 mai 2006 : 11:43:20
    Hi, first post. I'm in the market for an AIO GPS device

    Just came across the Spain coverage news. I understand the Garmin nüvi uses Navteq maps. If I want to benefit benefit from the detailed navteq Spain data, can I buy a nüvi 350 and update the Spain maps or must I get the 360?

    Thanks!
    ciprol Posted - 12 mai 2006 : 00:07:18
    Funny law. I doubt if it's enforceable. In any case, the country is so big has such a maze network of roads in the city/countryside. I think Garmin is wise to partner with a local map maker. But I sure wish they would wise up and release a pinyin version that's compatible with non-Chinese units. Fingers crossed.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 11 mai 2006 : 17:36:45
    If that is what Garmin is doing, then I wonder if it also has something to do with the map export restrictions.

    I did I quick Google search and now I know where I read about the export issue. The article was actually in relation with TeleAtlas. It was published at www.pocketgpsworld.com last year. It reads: "China is interesting as it is illegal to export the maps. This means that a data processing centre has had to be constructed in China, and any maps that are produced must stay within the country. Therefore if you take your SatNav to China then you must return the map data prior to leaving the country." It is a very interesting interview, read it at http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/teleatlas-visit-aug05.php

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    ciprol Posted - 11 mai 2006 : 16:46:08
    Ok, I missed that. Sounds like that Garmin is doing another one of those Chinese language map set that needs localized hardwares to work, similar to what they did with MapSource City Navigator Taiwan... So annoying, means that anyone with a non-Chinese localized Garmin unit would not be able to use it.

    I am not aware of any export restrictions for maps. I can get all kinds of maps of China here.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 11 mai 2006 : 11:33:32
    About a year and a half ago (October 15, 2004) NavTeq and a Chinese company NavInfo announced joint venture, but I don't recall reading anything about it since. The lack of more info is actually not surprising because if I recall correctly I read once that China didn't allow maps being exported. If that is still the case the maps made by the joint venture in China would stay in China and NavTeq would not be making its usual announcements about navigable maps of just another part of the world being available to its direct customers...

    Here is the old press release: http://www.navteq-connections.com/news/news-archive.jsp?news_id=687


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    ciprol Posted - 10 mai 2006 : 22:40:55
    When will Navteq start their work in China. That'll be huge job. Not to mention the constant road changes due to the speed of construction. there. For that reason, I really would love to have a GPS solution when I travel there for business. We need to have some coverage of the major cities first.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 10 mai 2006 : 18:37:34

    NAVTEQ Releases Full Coverage Map of Poland

    CHICAGO, May 10 -- NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT), a leading global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has reached another milestone in Eastern Europe by providing a full coverage map of Poland. Included in the data set is over 600,000 km of roads.

    "Achieving this goal affirms NAVTEQ's commitment to our customers to provide robust map coverage of Eastern Europe," stated George Filley, Vice President of Product Management, for NAVTEQ. "Our commitment to this region is further reinforced by the presence of two local offices in Poland that will continue to maintain and update the map."

    Customers and business partners integrating the map into consumer and business applications will have access to data representing over 2,400 cities and will be able to use NAVTEQ map data not only in the urban cities of Warszawa and Lodz, but also in the resort areas of the Beskidy foothills and the Tatra National Forest. In addition to the road network, the full coverage map of Poland includes more than 63,000 points of interest including approximately 2,000 petrol stations, 500 restaurants, and 350 hotels.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 25 avr. 2006 : 20:55:57
    Spain and Portugal

    Field Team Completes Collection of Navigation Attributes for Complete Road Network in Spain and Portugal


    CHICAGO, April 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT - News), a leading global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, announced that with complete Detailed Coverage of Spain and Portugal all roads in the Iberian Peninsula have been fully attributed to the NAVTEQ® data specification. One hundred percent Detailed Coverage represents collection of up to 160 data attributes, such as access restrictions, one-way streets, and speed categories, for all the roads in both Spain and Portugal thereby helping to optimize navigation.


    "This represents a major effort by our field team," stated George Filley, Vice President of Product Management for NAVTEQ. "Users of navigation systems with NAVTEQ data for these countries, dotted with popular holiday destinations, will now be able to travel the entire peninsula with all the benefits of navigation attributes wherever they are in Spain and Portugal."

    Full detailed coverage for the Iberian Peninsula contains over 900,000 km of roads and over 70,000 points of interests as well as more than 8,300 cities.

    NAVTEQ completed full detailed coverage of Gibraltar in 2004.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 24 avr. 2006 : 20:22:50
    Let us add 4 more regions to the above list !!!

    * * * NAVTEQ Continues Mapping of Eastern Europe * * *

    Maps Available for Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia & Montenegro

    CHICAGO, April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT - News), a leading global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, announced the availability of digital map data in Eastern Europe for the following countries: Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia & Montenegro. The maps for these countries cover over 6,100 km of roads.

    "The addition of these countries supports our commitment to expanding our coverage in Eastern Europe," stated George Filley, Vice President of Product Management for NAVTEQ. "Together with the previously released countries of Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Romania, and Slovenia, we now offer coverage that can bring the benefits of digital maps to businesses and users of navigation systems across this region of Eastern Europe."

    To date, NAVTEQ maps of this Eastern Europe region cover over 67,600 km of roads and contain more than 7,000 Points of Interest. Major road networks provide effective connection between Western Europe, Greece and Bulgaria, and to fifty-four major cities within the region.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 22 avr. 2006 : 12:45:53


    Navteq now has maps
    of the following 66 regions:


    1. Abu Dhabi
    2. Ajman
    3. Andorra
    4. Australia
    5. Austria
    6. Bahrain
    7. Belgium
    8. Brazil
    9. Bulgaria
    10. Canada
    11. Croatia
    12. Czech Republic
    13. Denmark
    14. Dubai
    15. Estonia
    16. Fajairah
    17. Finland
    18. France
    19. Germany
    20. Gibraltar
    21. Great Britain
    22. Greece
    23. Guernsey
    24. Hong Kong
    25. Hungary
    26. Ireland
    27. Isle of Man
    28. Italy
    29. Jersey
    30. Kuwait
    31. Latvia
    32. Liechtenstein
    33. Lithuania
    34. Luxembourg
    35. Macao
    36. Malaysia
    37. Mexico
    38. Monaco
    39. Northern Ireland
    40. Norway
    41. Oman
    42. Poland
    43. Portugal
    44. Puerto Rico
    45. Qatar
    46. Ras Al Khaimah
    47. Romania
    48. Russia
    49. San Marino
    50. Saudi Arabia
    51. Scotland
    52. Sharjah
    53. Singapore
    54. Slovakia
    55. Slovenia
    56. South Africa
    57. Spain
    58. Sweden
    59. Switzerland
    60. Taiwan
    61. The Netherlands
    62. US
    63. Umm Al Quwain
    64. Vatican City
    65. Virgin Islands, US
    66. Wales

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    gpspassion Posted - 06 avr. 2006 : 01:11:36
    Extending coverage comes at a cost ;-)

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    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 05 avr. 2006 : 14:37:41


    Frank Green, a Union-Tribune staff writer, wrote an interesting article about NavTeq published today.

    "Teams in Kuwait and Bahrain are sometimes forced to carry backpacks with computer mapping equipment along narrow, undriveable roads, only to have the paths abruptly end at the edge of long, descending staircases."

    Read more at http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/business/20060405-9999-1b5mapping.html
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 28 mars 2006 : 05:52:27
    Ireland

    I haven't yet seen any press release about this, but Motoring Life, the Irelands longest established Motoring magazine with over fifty years of service to the Irish motorist, just announce that NavTeq has completed a full and detailed digital map of the entire Republic of Ireland.

    Here is the full text (which will likely be in many publications later today or tomorrow):

    NAVTEQ a leading global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has completed a full and detailed digital map of the entire Republic of Ireland stretching from Dublin to Galway and Donegal to Kerry.

    The new NAVTEQ map, which is fully detailed, includes all public roads in the Republic and every kilometre was driven and field verified by teams of NAVTEQ geographic analysts.
    It covers 95,369 kilometres of road linking over 44,000 cities, towns and villages and enabling navigation systems to give drivers turn by turn directions to and from addresses throughout the country.

    Developing an addressing system in the Republic was particularly challenging as not only are there no post codes outside of Dublin but there are also thousands of tiny townlands with no street names. “We had to work out how the townlands would fit into navigation system software which normally requires a street name and the name of the town to establish the destination,” explained Graham Ward, NAVTEQ Country Manager.

    “It was decided the townland name would be treated as a ’street name’ linked to the nearest, larger postal town,” added Graham Ward. “This also helps differentiate between the many identically named townlands! For example, there are three townlands called Ballyadam in County Cork all within 50 kilometres of each other – for addressing purposes we have linked one to the city of Cork, one to Mallow and one to Midleton.”

    NAVTEQ data is much more than a map, it offers precise geometry and extraordinary detail about the environment as seen through the eyes of the driver. Each road segment features up to 160 attributes – street names, address ranges, turn restrictions – enabling navigation systems to help people get from A to B. There are over a million entries in 46 Points of Interest (POI) categories and POIs can also be entered into navigation systems as a destination.

    For example, coverage in the Republic includes over 5,000 POIs ranging from hotels to petrol stations and airports to sports facilities plus internal and international ferry routes to England, Wales, the Isle of Man and France.

    The Republic of Ireland coverage links seamlessly to the road network of Northern Ireland which also now has full and detailed NAVTEQ map coverage. This enables navigation from one end of the island to the other and provides a consistent level of detail on both sides of the border. NAVTEQ’s coverage of the Republic of Ireland is packaged together with maps of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    28 March 2006


    Source: http://www.motoringlife.ie/news_navtech0306.htm
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 10 mars 2006 : 11:00:57
    Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, Balearic and Canary Islands

    [06 Mar 2006] NAVTEQ has released a full coverage map of Spain and peninsular Portugal - enabling navigation from the Atlantic Ocean to the Balearic Sea and from Bilbao in the North to Faro in the South. Gibraltar is also included on this map.

    The Spanish map, which includes the Balearic and Canary Islands, covers over 700,000 kilometres of roads reaching all 8,109 municipalities and 40.8 million inhabitants. In excess of 50,000 Points of Interest (POIs) incorporate key destinations such as hotels, ferry terminals, airports, railways stations, parks and recreational areas, thousands of tourist attractions and even 24 ski resorts. It also includes RDS-TMC codes for the whole country, the international standard for the delivery of traffic information to satellite navigation systems via the Radio Data System.

    In Portugal the 278 municipalities are reached by over 182,000 kilometres of mapped road network. Over 5,000 POIs include a wide range of features from embassies to wineries and tourist attractions to sports complexes.

    The new map is available to NAVTEQ's direct customers with the Q4 2005 version of the company's database and all subsequent releases.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 12 janv. 2006 : 11:46:47
    Navteq Corp. on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 said they had agreed to acquire Mexican map provider gedas MapIT.

    Chicago-based Navteq said the acquisition of gedas MapIT, the leading digital map provider in Mexico, deepens the company's access to street and road names, boundaries and demographic information throughout Mexico.

    The company plans to integrate this new geographic coverage with its existing Navteq map product this year, it said.

    Gedas MapIT is a division of gedas Mexico, part of gedas AG, a technology services provider owned by the Volkswagen AG.

    Navteq said it is acquiring ties to a range of customers who rely on digital maps in their business along with a fully staffed gedas production facility in Leon, Mexico and business development and technical teams in both Leon and Mexico City.

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    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 21 nov. 2005 : 18:21:13
    Navteq signs up Zagat to add value to its mapping database

    To counter falling prices for its navigational databases, Navteq Corp. Tuesday signed up one of the bigger names in consumer surveys to add value to its electronic maps.

    Chicago-based Navteq signed an agreement with Zagat Survey to link maps to Zagat’s popular reviews for restaurants, hotels, golf courses and nightlife.

    Source: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=18509



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    redcloud Posted - 30 oct. 2005 : 21:01:29
    It is an absolutely huge undertaking to get features (built in waypoints, address database) in navigation mapping. Many small towns are simply overlooked and areas included are more likely than not outdated. I agree that in the long-term everybody will use GPS, but I wonder if there can ever be a streamline process for obtaining the navigation data?
    altden2002 Posted - 29 oct. 2005 : 10:58:16
    I think there is no such thing as universal license fee. If a product is very capable (in-car factory installed or an All-In-One) it should cost more to license maps, if the product is less capable (mapopolis) it would cost less, if product is borderline useless for realtime navigation (Streets and Trips) then it should cost very little. I am not saying it is exactly that way, but I think it is very logical to try and make price of the product proportional to the value it brings to the table. Then there are volume issues as well - MS can buy a lot of licenses at once, so there could be some discounts there.

    I suppose if you want to drill down into it you can read the NVT's 2005Q3 SEC report. I am too lazy right now. :-)

    I think long term everyone will use a GPS device (thanks to gpspassion here!) with maps from either Navteq or Teleatlas or both and then even a $1/piece/year software license for the "golden billion" market will come out at $1B/year combined revenue for both major map players - more than enough to keep maintaining maps up to date AND keep the map prices low.
    Hopefully Navteq has enough stamina to keep going until hardware becomes widespread enough to make such huge scale possible.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 29 oct. 2005 : 01:33:39
    I often wonder how much is licensing fee for software products. Several people here at the site reported buying MS Streets & Trips for as low as $15 after mail-in rebate...


    Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
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    altden2002 Posted - 29 oct. 2005 : 00:46:14
    Navteq shares have gone way down recently. Here's the report on reasons: http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/051020/navteq_stock.html?.v=1

    Apparently, more users are opting for portable devices than in-car GPS than anticipated, and since the former is much cheaper it is eating into the profits.
    Typical Navteq fees are "between $30 to $45 for portable devices, compared with $70 to $75 for in-car systems". Now we know!
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 26 oct. 2005 : 11:22:41
    NAVTEQ Offers Truck Attribute Data for NAVTEQ Map of North America

    [October 18, 2005] NAVTEQ released a new data set, specifically tailored for the trucking industry, that provides truck access restriction and recommended truck route information linked to the NAVTEQ® map of North America. This data enables transportation and logistics solution providers that leverage NAVTEQ maps to enhance routing solutions, multi-vehicle optimization applications and truck navigation products. The first version of this data set is available with the Q3 2005 release of the NAVTEQ map of North America.

    The NAVTEQ North American truck attribute data provides both restriction and recommended route information. The restriction attributes include legal, height, weight, length and width specific information for segments of roadway. The data set also offers Surface Transportation Assistant Act (STAA) routes: Federal Highway Administration designated highway networks that can best accommodate truck traffic. State designated truck routes for 12 states (Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia) are also included in the product. These two types of information will allow solution providers to develop more ‘informed’ routes, optimized for fleets.

    The use of NAVTEQ North American truck attributes in conjunction with the NAVTEQ map has the potential to deliver multiple benefits to solution providers including: cost savings (less damage to trucks and gas used due to detours); improved safety (fewer accidents involving bridges and overpasses); and planning efficiencies (specifically better ‘last five mile’ route calculation.)

    To build the NAVTEQ North American truck attribute data set, NAVTEQ collaborates with both private and public data sources. NAVTEQ conducts rigorous quality testing on the third-party data to make sure that it meets NAVTEQ’s quality requirements. Once qualified, the data is linked to the NAVTEQ map and made available to NAVTEQ customers on a quarterly basis in ESRI Shapefile, MapInfo TAB and Oracle Export formats.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 11 oct. 2005 : 14:11:28
    NAVTEQ Introduces New Postcode Layer for UK

    [October 10, 2005] NAVTEQ now offers full postcodes with its UK database. This unique feature assists accurate geocoding by linking the UK unit level postcode with the name, address and geometric accuracy of the NAVTEQ map.

    “Postcodes are a fast, efficient way of locating destinations or pinpointing customer addresses,” explained Peter Beaumont, NAVTEQ Marketing Manager Northern Europe, Business Solutions. “Our brand new postcode layer and highly accurate digital street maps combine to offer a very effective way of geocoding addresses. This high-value combination is also a must-have for call centres where operators need to rapidly locate their customers.”

    The type of industry sectors likely to benefit from this new information include: emergency services; transport and distribution; utilities and telecommunications; retail; and banking and insurance.

    Spatially linking the unit level postcode to NAVTEQ’s UK street maps enables software developers to create a broad range of business critical solutions which are dependent on accurate geocoding and reverse geocoding. “And the benefits are not restricted to B2B applications,” added Peter Beaumont. “Incorporating NAVTEQ maps with enhanced geocoding functionality into consumer software products will make finding destinations faster and easier. And that means happier customers.”
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 09 oct. 2005 : 02:39:46
    Their website would be one possible source https://www.navigon.com/site/int/en/shop/consumer/clevermap Price: 249.00 € for Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Bahrain ;-)

    Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
    jrahma Posted - 09 oct. 2005 : 00:28:36
    I am using Navigon Mobile Navigator and I would like to know where can I get the latest maps for Bahrain?
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 29 sept. 2005 : 11:26:05
    NAVTEQ Signs Contract with PSMA Australia for Australian Map Data

    Critical Milestone en Route to First NAVTEQ Australian Product


    CHICAGO, Sept. 28, 2005 NAVTEQ announced today that it will collaborate with PSMA Australia Limited to create its first map of Australia. PSMA Australia provides comprehensive, quality Australian digital mapping data derived from authoritative government sources.

    NAVTEQ will integrate PSMA Australia information with detailed navigable data that has already been collected by NAVTEQ field teams. The blending of NAVTEQ and PSMA Australia data will deliver a premium navigation experience in the major metro areas where the majority of the population lives and drives -- while providing complete coverage of Australia.

    NAVTEQ maps currently span over 50 countries and, with the addition of Australia, six continents. For accuracy, NAVTEQ has field researchers strategically located in 122 offices in 21 countries, actually driving the roads, verifying and updating road network and detailed road attribute information. NAVTEQ delivers data to the same database specification utilizing the same technology at a consistently high level of quality and support around the world.

    "We were looking for an Australian partner that could provide a broad, high quality foundation to which we could add our proprietary Detailed Coverage navigable map data, and PSMA Australia offered the best data," commented John MacLeod, Executive Vice President - Global Marketing and Strategy, NAVTEQ.

    PSMA Australia's Director of Operations and Chief Executive Officer, Dan
    Paull said, "Our relationship with NAVTEQ is an important one. We are pleased to be working with the global leader in digital mapping and we support NAVTEQ's efforts to drive growth and development in Australia's navigation industry." "We are delighted that NAVTEQ has become our newest Value Added Reseller. Value Added Resellers integrate their specialty product or service with PSMA. Australia's spatial information to provide complete solutions for both the public and private sector," said Mr. Paull.



    About PSMA Australia Limited

    PSMA Australia is Australia's leading source of quality digital mapping data, with coverage that spans the continent. PSMA Australia combines reliable spatial data from authoritative Australian government sources with leading-edge technology to create national spatial mapping datasets. The suite of national spatial datasets includes: roads, point street addresses, cadastral boundaries, government administrative boundaries and points of interest, with several other datasets in various stages of assembly. PSMA Australia is an unlisted public company wholly owned by the state, territory and Australian Governments.
    altden2002 Posted - 18 sept. 2005 : 23:40:35
    Thanks for the article.
    I looked around that site and found an article on TeleAtlas:
    http://www.pocketgpsworld.com/teleatlas-visit-aug05.php
    they got some serious beating from their users in there. In my observation I didn't notice similar hostility from NavTeq users.

    They seem to have different approach - TeleAtlas relies on goverment sources to provide data, only doing field trips when there is good reason to, while NavTeq does not trust goverment data and recheck everything in person before subjecting their users to the data.
    I imagine that TeleAtlas has fewer costs associated with their approach, but of course with thousands different sources and infamous goverment efficiency they get less reliable data. NavTeq costs should be significantly higher then, but inevitably the quality would be higher too.

    It seems to me now that manually collecting the data is the winning approach, and I find it totally counter-intuitive. Amazing.

    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 18 sept. 2005 : 15:11:05
    Yes, that's an excellent article, a must-read for anyone interested about these things. Three pages describing how NavTeq collects data.

    Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
    downunder Posted - 18 sept. 2005 : 05:50:49
    Here is a link to how NAVTEQ maps are made:

    http://pocketgpsworld.com/navteq.php
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 17 sept. 2005 : 22:37:38
    You are welcome. For me it is just simply fascinating to watch how NavTeq is adding countries one by one on the map. We are watching history in the making. Our kids (or grand kids) will not believe we lived in time when navigable maps were available only for about 50 countries ;-)




    This picture shows a NavTeq field research team car negotiating a turn in narrow medieval streets of Italy. (See the GPS antenna on its roof.)


    Marvin Hlavac - Toronto, Canada
    altden2002 Posted - 17 sept. 2005 : 20:51:07
    Hey, thanks for all the updates. We don't discuss them much, but i certainly do read them with interest!
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 14 sept. 2005 : 10:10:19
    NAVTEQ Releases First Map of Romania


    [Sept. 13, 2005] NAVTEQ has added a new country to its Eastern European database. Beginning in the third quarter of 2005, digital map data of Romania will be available to direct customers for the first time.

    Included in the map data release is detailed road network information for Romania's capital, Bucharest and coverage of the main roadways linking 15 cities with a population of 25,000 or more.

    The addition of Romania to NAVTEQ's Eastern European coverage makes navigable travel between neighbouring countries Bulgaria and Hungary possible. This means navigation devices can now navigate across more borders: For instance from Germany via Austria and Hungary to Romania.

    NAVTEQ now covers more than 11,400 kilometres of roads in Romania including Points of Interest (POI's) such as restaurants, hotels and banks for 60 of the country's towns and cities including: Arad, Bucharest, Brasov, Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, Craiova, Focsani, Galati, Iasi, Timisoara, Targu Mures, Oradea, Pitesti, Satu Mare and Sibiu.

    The database contains over 1,500 points of interest (POI) in 40 categories such as service stations, restaurants and train stations. Famous tourist attractions like the Transylvanian Bran Castle, legendary home of Bram Stoker's Dracula, are also included in the Romanian map data.

    Romania joins Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia in its expanded European coverage.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 09 août 2005 : 13:34:34
    Brazil Marks Beginning of NAVTEQ Mapping Initiative in South America

    NAVTEQ Launches First Map of Brazil

    CHICAGO, Aug. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT), a leading global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has released its first map of Brazil. Brazil is the first South American country to be mapped by NAVTEQ, launching an initiative to increase NAVTEQ's map coverage in the South American region. Currently, NAVTEQ(TM) maps span across five continents. The map of Brazil is now available to customers for use in mapping applications. The NAVTEQ map of Brazil provides detailed road network coverage of Brazil's three largest cities: Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo, including address routing capability. In addition, the map provides coverage of connector highways, allowing for routing to, from and through these three major urban areas.

    With over 40,000 kilometers of coverage, NAVTEQ's map of Brazil covers approximately 12.5% (or 25.3 million) of the population. Additionally, the map offers numerous points of interest, including restaurants, hotels, museums, petrol stations, and other tourist attractions.

    "The premier map in South America represents the first step to broader navigation solutions for South America. Brazil commands a vast automotive and wireless market, and NAVTEQ responded to the customer need to offer products in this region," commented John MacLeod, Executive Vice President – Global Marketing and Sales for NAVTEQ. "The introduction of the map of Brazil is an important progression, and we look forward to continuing our expansion in the South American region."
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 19 juil. 2005 : 09:23:43
    NAVTEQ Releases First Map of Bulgaria

    [July 18, 2005] NAVTEQ has released its first map of Bulgaria's road network. The map is available to NAVTEQ's direct customers with the Q2 2005 version of the NAVTEQ database and all subsequent releases.

    To create a digital map of Bulgaria's major roads, NAVTEQ's field researchers recorded some 5,300 kilometers of motorway and main connector roads. The new Bulgarian map database now connects Bulgaria's 29 major cities with 25,000 inhabitants or more including its capital Sofia, Burgas, Pleven, Ruse, Sliven, Stara, Zagora, Varna and Veliko Tarnovo.

    Over 500 points of interest (POI) in a wide variety of categories give digital map data users important location information. For example, the database contains information on petrol stations, service areas, car parks, border crossings, international airports, historic monuments, national parks, hotels and restaurants. In addition, 26 POIs of national importance, like the country's famous cloister Rilskijat Manastir, have been included.

    As part of NAVTEQ's aggressive digital mapping effort targeting the Eastern European road network, NAVTEQ already supplies map material for the following countries: Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Greece and Hungary.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 14 juil. 2005 : 10:59:31
    First NAVTEQ Digital Map of Russia Now Available

    Chicago, IL – July 13, 2005 – NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has made its first map of Russia available to its direct customers. The NAVTEQ map of Russia, which is available in NAVTEQ’s Q2 2005 database release, includes detailed coverage of the road networks of Moscow and St. Petersburg as well as major connector highways between these two Russian cities and the neighboring countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Finland.

    “With rapid efforts to expand our map portfolio throughout Eastern Europe well underway, we also know that connecting the road network of Eastern Europe to the major commercial centers of Russia is extremely important to our customers’ business plans," said John MacLeod, Executive Vice President – Global Marketing and Strategy. “Extending coverage into Russia makes routing possible from St. Petersburg to Paris, allowing Russia to connect to both Eastern and Western Europe. Our customers can now begin offering products that service these large consumer and business hubs in Russia."

    The first NAVTEQ map of Russia covers approximately 34,000 kilometers of road network. The map includes over 4,700 POIs throughout Moscow and St. Petersburg in over 46 categories, including gas stations, restaurants and commuter rail stations. Notable historic locations and tourist attractions are also identified on the map including the Kremlin Area, Lushniki Sports Complex, Moscow State University and all major railway stations. The NAVTEQ map of Russia also includes cartographic information for Moscow and St. Petersburg and two-dimensional building footprints for select landmarks in both cities.

    NAVTEQ leveraged its proven collection processes and technology and utilized local resources with an extensive knowledge of the road network and the Russian language to build its first map of Russia. The map is available in both Cyrillic and transliterated Russian, which is a representation of the official Russian alphabet (Cyrillic) in Latin characters.
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 12 juil. 2005 : 11:52:22
    NAVTEQ Acquires South Korea Map Provider

    CHICAGO, July 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NAVTEQ , a leading global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has acquired PMI, a prominent South Korean digital map company, for $28.5 million. With the purchase, NAVTEQ now has a local presence in South Korea and a digital map product available to service the dynamic Korean market.

    This agreement brings together two leaders in digital mapping. Every automobile manufacturer that currently offers a navigation system in Europe and North America uses NAVTEQ maps in one or more of its models, and NAVTEQ is a leading provider of digital maps for the mobile navigation device and location-based services industries. At $14 million in annual revenue in 2004, PMI's sales of digital maps and related software and services stem from a robust customer base including the leading Korean wireless carriers, automobile system vendors, online mapping companies and automobile suppliers.

    "With employees in more than 20 countries, NAVTEQ recognizes the enormous value of local expertise," said Judson Green, President and CEO of NAVTEQ Corporation. "South Korea represents an important part of our global expansion strategy and PMI's leadership brings a wealth of market understanding to this new relationship. Most importantly, the quality focus and field-collection based approach to mapmaking make PMI a strong fit."
    "PMI has always been committed to high quality digital mapping," said Yong Won Lee, President of PMI. "We share this strong quality orientation with NAVTEQ. The two companies share many common practices, including driven verification of navigable driving information. We are eager to join this global team."

    NAVTEQ continues to focus on expanding its global map coverage, and offering coverage in South Korea is a principal part of this initiative. South Korea boasts a rapidly growing automotive sector and one of the most advanced wireless markets in the world. Consumer adoption of location-based services exceeds Europe and North America, creating a high demand for quality digital map data to serve as a foundation for these services.
    The acquisition is expected to have no impact on daily operations at PMI. Mr. Lee will continue in his role as President.
    zeek Posted - 19 mai 2005 : 23:24:42
    So - I would guess that means it will be available in North America beginning of next year. I guess it could prove difficult to sell an update to software until that time to end users that know about this. Sort of reminds me of the Osborne computer debacle - when after they introduced the Osborne2 the owner of the company came out saying - this is nothing, wait until you see the Osborne3 coming out in six months - thereby effectivly killing his company because no one bought the Osborne2.

    This will deliver a better out-of-the-box experience for navigation software, no doubt. However, I think it would still help if navigation software providers allowed customers to tweek and edit the map info and share with one another those tweeks. If one could apply these updates as layers on their maps then this could still allow manufacturers map updates without impacting this user addition.
    Sam Ontario Posted - 19 mai 2005 : 17:10:20
    This is great and maps are getting better and better.

    Sam
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 19 mai 2005 : 15:52:09
    Aggressive Initiative to Integrate Extended Lane Attributes Throughout Europe and North America Continues



    [May 18, 2005] NAVTEQ, a leading global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has integrated extended lane information into its maps of six European countries. The extended lane attributes were first introduced and extensively tested in the NAVTEQ(TM) map of Germany in 2004, and are now available for select junctions on motorways and roads to major airports in the Q2 2005 release of NAVTEQ maps of Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. In an aggressive initiative, NAVTEQ plans to continue launching the extended lane attributes on its maps of additional European countries and select North American cities throughout 2005.
    Customer feedback and years of experience has given NAVTEQ an ideal vantage point for understanding how to enhance the driver's navigation experience. NAVTEQ recognized the inclusion of extended lane information into its maps as an opportunity to help its customers provide drivers with a more informed and simplified navigation experience. The extended lane information that NAVTEQ is integrating into its maps includes three attributes:


    -- Extended number of lanes: the total number of lanes along a stretch of roadway including turn, deceleration and exit lanes

    -- Lane connectivity: indicates how and where along the roadway lanes connect and depart from one another

    -- Lane restrictions: restricted time and usage information


    When utilized in a navigation application, these attributes can simplify route guidance for sections of the roadway where complex lane interaction/extended lane situations exist. Lane guidance can improve the navigation experience as it reduces a driver's risk of driving in unknown situations, executing last-minute maneuvers, and missing the appropriate lane required to correctly route to a destination. As a driver approaches a complex interchange, this technology enables navigation systems to guide the driver through lanes, alerting them of upcoming lane changes and visually illustrating which lane to choose.


    The extended lane attributes for Austria, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland are currently available upon request. Starting in the Q4 2005, extended lanes will be standard on all maps that have been integrated with these attributes.

    "This enhancement not only provides more information about nuances of the road network but lends an additional visual element to facilitate the driver's overall navigation experience," commented John MacLeod, Executive Vice President - Global Marketing & Strategy. "Extended lane information gives our customers another way to elevate the richness and sophistication of their solutions and highlights our focus on continually evolving our map database."
    Marvin Hlavac Posted - 13 mai 2005 : 11:29:18
    [May 12, 2005] NAVTEQ is continuing to rapidly expand its map portfolio in Eastern Europe. For the first time, NAVTEQ’s direct customers will have access to digital map data for the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The map data includes the major metropolitan cities in the Baltic region and some 6,823 kilometres of roadway overall. NAVTEQ field analysts collected more than 380 Points of Interest (POIs) across the region which provide navigation systems with important tourist destination information including hotels, petrol stations, restaurants, etc. The maps of the Baltics are available with the Q1 2005 version of the NAVTEQ database and all subsequent releases.

    NAVTEQ(TM) maps of the Baltics provide NAVTEQ customers with accurate map data for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Overall, NAVTEQ field analysts have collected approximately 6,823 kilometres of road in the region.

    Estonia - The NAVTEQ map of Estonia offers 2,262 kilometres of road, which includes the major cities of Tallinn, Tartu, Narva and Parnu and the main connector roads in between these cities. Ferry connections with Finland, Germany and Sweden have also been included in the map.

    Latvia - In Latvia, the metropolitan area of Riga and the cities of Daugavpils, Liepaja and Ventspils are included in the database. The map also covers 2,603 kilometres of major roads, including motorways and main routes to the neighbouring countries of Estonia and Lithuania.

    Lithuania - In Lithuania, the map comprises detailed coverage of the cities of Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Siauliai, Penevezi and the major roads throughout the country. Overall, NAVTEQ’s field analysts have driven some 1,958 kilometres of road in Lithuania. For both Latvia and Lithuania, ferry connections to Germany and Sweden have also been integrated into the database.
    gpspassion Posted - 29 mars 2005 : 12:55:55
    Looks like NAVIGON with MN|5 will be the first out of the gate with these maps - http://www.gpspassion.com/fr/comments.asp?id=538

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