Tele Atlas Launches Most Powerful and Comprehensive Turn-by-Turn Map Database for North America
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Tele Atlas Launches Most Powerful and Comprehensive Turn-by-Turn Map Database for North America

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 14, 2002-- Tele Atlas North America, Inc. today launched a new turn-by-turn capable map database that combines significantly improved accuracy and coverage with the only direct traffic-linked map and real-time traffic feed. The result is the industry's most powerful North American map database for driving a range of automobile navigation and telematics applications, location-based services (LBS), and intelligent transportation systems.

"This new North American database is the product of nearly 20 years of map engineering complemented by more than 200 field data collection personnel working constantly to make our data as complete and current as possible," said George Fink, president of Tele Atlas North America, Inc. "In addition to providing our customers with an unprecedented combination of accuracy, coverage, and traffic capabilities, the worldwide automobile OEM community, automobile electronics providers, and LBS suppliers now have an additional source of supply that is already a trusted, global provider of digital map solutions."

In the initial release of the new Tele Atlas North American database, 56 percent of the U.S. population is covered in a fully attributed, turn-by-turn capable format. Tele Atlas has 100 percent street network coverage, including image-attributed road miles for 80 percent of the U.S. population, so that virtually all roads covered will have a better representation of real world geometry, connectivity, and positional accuracy. With this data, navigation/telematics and LBS developers can confidently build powerful and reliable route calculation applications. The map database also offers superior geocoding covering more than 120 million addresses with more than 45 million address ranges. This content enables highly accurate and comprehensive location of origin, destination, and points of interest addresses.

Tele Atlas' North American database offering also provides superior geometrical and positional accuracy, helping improve the performance of GPS-based applications. Tele Atlas' information exceeds the National Map Accuracy Standard of 12 meters or better for more than 80 percent of the U.S. population, with the majority of observations within 5-to-7 meter accuracy. In terms of geometrical accuracy, the database provides features that are topologically correct with proper connectivity. Careful attention is paid to make the attributes of these features (road names, road classes, turn restrictions, signposts, etc.) as correct as possible.

Tele Atlas' latest product is a true North American solution. Nearly 7.3 million miles of U.S. and Canadian (through an alliance with DMTI Spatial) roads are covered resulting in a seamless North American database with contiguous routing from door-to-door and coast-to-coast, within the U.S., and between the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, coverage areas can be customized for particular customer products.

Real-time Traffic Data

With the release of the Tele Atlas database, the navigation/telematics market now has access to an industry first: the only direct traffic-linked map as well as a real-time traffic feed provided through the company's strategic alliance with Westwood One, the single largest traffic gathering and reporting operation in the world. Tele Atlas and Westwood One deliver real-time traffic information in the U.S. for 92 markets and 98 percent of the population in the most congested metro areas. This database release represents the world's most comprehensive traffic delivery solution for the U.S., containing nearly 350,000 traffic reporting locations linked directly to the Tele Atlas map database to enable real-time traffic or other content delivery. Consequently, Tele Atlas makes it not only possible, but practical for navigation/telematics suppliers to build systems with dynamic re-routing capabilities that respond to traffic situations on arterial roads and freeway exit ramps as well as on freeways themselves.

"We have had extensive product development discussions with navigation platform suppliers and automobile OEMs," George Fink said. "In these discussions, there is general agreement that our real-time traffic capabilities will help fuel adoption of automobile navigation systems in the North American market by transforming them from conveniences into invaluable tools."

The Tele Atlas North American map database is presently available for evaluation with production shipments scheduled for January 2003.

About Tele Atlas North America, Inc.

Tele Atlas North America, Inc., headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tele Atlas NV, the world leader in digital mapping. Tele Atlas North America, Inc. had its beginnings in 1983 with a vision to provide geographic information in digital form. Today, the company enables its customers' success through unsurpassed leadership in delivering both high-quality digital maps and real-time traffic information for business and consumer applications. The company focuses on providing content to key market sectors including Telematics/Automotive Navigation, Location Based Services (LBS), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). For more information on Tele Atlas products and services, please visit

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