NAVTEQ Launches Enhanced Traffic Patterns(TM) for Europe

Historic Traffic Database Now Available for United Kingdom

CHICAGO, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- NAVTEQ, a leading global provider of digital map data for location-based solutions and vehicle navigation, announced the availability of NAVTEQ Traffic Patterns(TM) Europe v2.0, a significantly updated historic database that now includes coverage for the United Kingdom.

The newest version of Traffic Patterns for Europe includes typical traffic speeds on 120,000 kilometers of primary and secondary roads across the United Kingdom, as well as nearly 200,000 kilometers of similar coverage for Germany. Additionally, Traffic Patterns for Europe also now includes speed values in 15-minute intervals, to provide the most relevant historical traffic information for specific times of day.

NAVTEQ Traffic Patterns gives product developers and service providers a reliable, easy-to-use data set for a variety of smart-routing applications. Routing applications utilizing NAVTEQ Traffic Patterns gives drivers the information they need to decide when and how to avoid typically congested areas. From commuters to emergency service providers, NAVTEQ Traffic Patterns enables more accurate route planning and improves trip time estimates based on likely traffic conditions.

NAVTEQ Traffic Patterns is created using multiple years' observations from GPS probe and sensor data which is aggregated, verified and then matched to traffic location codes in the NAVTEQ Map database.

    Traffic Patterns Europe v2.0 includes:

    -- Nearly 120,000 kilometers of roads in the United Kingdom, including
       more than 80% of the largest and most heavily traveled roads in more
       than 9 major urban areas
    -- Nearly 200,000 kilometers of roads in Germany, including more than 90%
       of the largest and most heavily traveled roads in more than 15 major
       urban areas
    -- Seven daily traffic models covering each day of the week
    -- 24-hour speed values in 15-minute intervals, which provide the most
       relevant historical traffic information for specific times of day
    -- Coverage from the largest major freeways down to smaller neighborhood
       roads, resulting in optimal detours and city routing

"Traffic Patterns Europe v2.0 represents our continued commitment to provide our very successful NAVTEQ Traffic(TM) solutions outside of North America, " said Howard Hayes, vice president, NAVTEQ Traffic. "Our launch of NAVTEQ Traffic Patterns in the U.K. is another step in our dedicated effort to offer European commuters quality traffic information that will save them time and money."

About NAVTEQ

NAVTEQ is a leading provider of comprehensive digital map information for automotive navigation systems, mobile navigation devices, Internet-based mapping applications, and government and business solutions. NAVTEQ creates the digital maps and map content that power navigation and location-based services solutions around the world. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has approximately 4,000 employees located in 196 offices and in 43 countries.

NAVTEQ, NAVTEQ Traffic(TM) and NAVTEQ Traffic Patterns(TM) are trademarks in the U.S. and other countries. All rights reserved.

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Web site: http://www.navteq.com/




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