January 8, 2008

NAVTEQ to work with Intellinav on Advanced Traffic GPS


NAVTEQ announced that Netropa is ready to put out its latest Intellinav models with both NAVTEQ(R) maps and NAVTEQ TRAFFIC PATTERNS. The new addition to the Intellinav line is the first PND to utilize NAVTEQ TRAFFIC PATTERNS, a rich database of historic traffic information. Finally, Historical Average Speeds appear ready to hit the market in the coming year.

"Intellinav? Who Cares?" - I Do.

You know, NAVTEQ, the Map supplier to Garmin? That's why this is significant. Don't get me wrong, I would love to use the Intellinav device, but to me this signals that the capability to launch a more sophisticated traffic unit by Garmin and other major providers of GPS systems.

Historical Average Speeds are important because they allow the GPS device to recognize that highway speeds frequently don't go at posted speeds during rush hour, so taking historic speeds into account, the unit will be able to better route you when traffic is a factor. Historic Average Speeds can be had for most major roads.

More on IntelliNav after the jump...

Intellinav 3's functionality is enhanced through the inclusion of NAVTEQ TRAFFIC PATTERNS, which enables a device to provide more accurate arrival time estimates and alternate route options that avoid areas with the highest typical congestion. Georeferenced to NAVTEQ's powerful map database through Traffic Message Channel (TMC) location codes, NAVTEQ TRAFFIC PATTERNS utilizes historic speed data collected on highways and surface roads across the 48 contiguous United States. The product provides traffic information for expanded geographic areas and on road classes not currently covered by real-time traffic services.

"With the consumer focus continually being about time efficiency and accuracy, Netropa set out to build a device that incorporated the latest technologies to meet those needs," commented Michael Shiao, president, Netropa. "We naturally looked to NAVTEQ's progressive map and traffic databases to provide the solutions necessary to build the next generation of traffic-influenced Intellinav devices."

"Netropa recognizes the priority consumers place on the best routing solution and is pioneering the inclusion of NAVTEQ TRAFFIC PATTERNS to help address this," commented Winston Guillory, senior vice president, consumer and enterprise, NAVTEQ. "Launching the first PND utilizing NAVTEQ TRAFFIC PATTERNS with Netropa puts both companies in the forefront of a technology gaining momentum."

The Intellinav 3 boasts a range of other advanced features. With an intuitive interface, users can navigate through menus with ease. Turn-by-turn directions, powered by NAVTEQ(R) maps, provide audio and visual guidance throughout the routing process. A variety of capabilities, including a fog advisor, school zone alert, parked car locator, and an emergency feature that calculates directions to the nearest hospital, provide a safety and convenience package designed for the consumer on the go.

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Posted by Scott Martin at January 8, 2008 7:02 PM

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