Mobile World Congress News: Tele Atlas unveils pedestrian maps

Mobile World Congress News:  Tele Atlas unveils pedestrian maps

Tele Atlas debuts pedestrian maps at the Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona, Spain.

Tele Atlas is targeting the growing market for pedestrian services with attributes designed to help mobileconsumers better navigate, route and explore the places they're visiting at home or abroad.

Tele Atlas maps featuring pedestrian-specific attributes are already available for eighteen countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK).

This includes pedestrian attributes for 117 cities across Europe, with an average of 80 km of paths and roadways in each city centre. Additional coverage, including cities in the Asia-Pacific region, are expected to be added later in the year.

Expanded pedestrian attribution, currently scheduled to be available in the October 2008 release of the Tele Atlas MultiNet database, is designed to work with existing Tele Atlas map enhancement products, to further enable mapping for the users of handheld devices and mobile phones. The attributes will include a range of features, like the ability to pinpoint their whereabouts, locate their friends or family, and plot the quickest and safest route to their destination.

According to Tele Atlas research conducted in 2006 and 2007 in Europe and the US, the majority of existing navigation system users polled – 75% – indicated an interest in using pedestrian navigation features and content.


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