Digital map provider Navteq has launched Navteq Traffic in Europe. Navteq Traffic delivers a single source solution enabling drivers uninterrupted traffic information when crossing borders in 11 countries including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. Navteq Traffic will also be available in Luxembourg and The Netherlands by the end of 2009.
According to the company, Navteq Traffic is a comprehensive solution offering delivery of up-to-the minute traffic information to in-vehicle navigation systems, personal navigation devices and mobile phones. Navteq Traffic delivers detailed information about the speed that traffic is moving and incidents such as accidents, allowing navigation devices and drivers to make smart routing and re-routing decisions for the most accurate arrival time estimates.
Navteq Traffic, an extension of Navteq’s German traffic service, delivers real-time coverage for the most heavily traveled roads, in the 11 announced countries, which encompasses nearly 300 million people in Western Europe or 77 percent of the European population, the company said.
To deliver the most comprehensive traffic solution, Navteq has selected data sources with years of experience in their local markets and access the most comprehensive set of proprietary, government sensors, and incident data, the company said. Data aggregation, modeling capabilities, and quality verification enables optimization of country-specific traffic data and the blending of this data into a pan-European offering, Navteq said. In addition, Navteq has begun the process of extending coverage and quality by adding complementary data sources, including GPS data from commercial fleets and consumer devices. GPS data from Nokia handsets will be integrated into Navteq Traffic’s European service by the end of 2009.
“Since January, when Navteq announced its intention to deliver the highest quality traffic solution in Europe and demonstrated its commitment with the acquisition of T-Systems Traffic GmbH (T-Traffic), we have concentrated on quickly building and delivering the best-in-class European traffic solution,” commented Andreas Erwig, head of product management for Navteq Traffic, Europe. “Savvy travelers demand the highest-quality, borderless traffic solution available, and Navteq’s unique expertise in global traffic processing, along with our proprietary data sources, provides an accurate and seamless traffic solution that will save European travelers time and money.”
Traffic Patterns. Meanwhile, Navteq Traffic Patterns is now available in nine countries. Launched in 2008 with coverage in Germany, the United Kingdom, and France, Traffic Patterns has added coverage in six countries including: Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Monaco and Andorra.
Navteq Traffic Patterns is a traffic database that includes typical traffic speeds on nearly 600,000 kilometers of primary and secondary roads across Europe, including nearly 90 percent of the most heavily traveled roads in Europe, including roads in Berlin, London, Paris and Rome. It provides accurate, uninterrupted and seamless information for typical traffic conditions and offers drivers continuous traffic coverage as they travel from one country to the next, according to Navteq.
Navteq Traffic Patterns gives product developers and service providers a reliable, easy-to-use data set for a variety of smart-routing applications, the company said. Routing capabilities using Traffic Patterns give commuters the information they need to decide when and how to avoid typically congested areas. From commuters to emergency service providers, Traffic Patterns enables more accurate route planning and improves trip time estimates based on likely traffic conditions.