NAVTEQ Traffic.com Helps Drivers Avoid Spring Construction

Federal Stimulus Package Fuels New Road Construction Projects, Creating More Traffic Jams

CHICAGO, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of digital map, traffic and location data for in-vehicle, portable, wireless and enterprise solutions, gives drivers traffic insights to make smart routing decisions around spring construction. At www.traffic.com, drivers have access to real-time traffic and map information including traffic flow and incidents to pinpoint construction hotspots.

As part of the recent economic stimulus plan, the Federal government has approved $26.6 billion in infrastructure funds*. These planned improvement projects will occur as weather conditions allow, translating into new road construction projects in Maine, Rhode Island, Maryland and Minnesota** with hundreds more to come across the country. Working closely with local and state departments of transportation, NAVTEQ traffic operators have also identified major projects in: Detroit, Chicago, New York, Boston, Kansas City and St. Louis.

NAVTEQ traffic operations employ a staff of more than 500 experts that continuously monitor construction projects and traffic data feeds 24 hours a day, seven days a week on local roads and major thoroughfares all across the country. NAVTEQ traffic operators gather more than 45 million new traffic incident records per day. Incident data is combined with flow data to show what's happening on the roadways as it changes. This continuous, local data input allows NAVTEQ to inform drivers exactly where and when spring construction traffic occurs. At www.traffic.com drivers are able to see, real-time, where roadwork is happening, and what kind of impact it's having on their daily commute.

Drivers are encouraged to register at www.traffic.com for the most up-to-date construction information to:

    --  Receive custom daily alerts via email, phone call or text message.
    --  View new and more detailed maps that display color-code traffic flow and
        incident icons to pinpoint exactly where the spring construction
        hotspots occur.
    --  Check their fastest drive time with a feature that will take current
        construction traffic into account, showing drivers the quickest current
        route to their destination. This traffic solution instantly presents
        drivers with two options: the shortest routes by time and by distance.
        It details each route, providing complete directions along with current
        information on any construction delays along the way.

"This spring, a lot of familiar roads will be impacted by spring construction," says Alex Wiegand, vice president, NAVTEQ. "NAVTEQ is committed to helping drivers access the most up-to-date traffic information and pinpoint exactly where the hotspots occur to make your time on the road, even with construction, as efficient as possible."

* Source: http://money.cnn.com/2009/03/17/news/economy/stimulus_construction_jobs/

**Source: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/upa/impacts.html

About NAVTEQ

NAVTEQ is the leading global provider of digital map, traffic and location data that enables navigation and location-based platforms around the world. NAVTEQ supplies comprehensive digital map information to power automotive navigation systems, portable and wireless devices, Internet-based mapping applications and government and business solutions. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has approximately 4,000 employees located in 196 offices and in 36 countries.

NAVTEQ and Traffic.com are trademarks in the U.S. and other countries. All rights reserved.

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