In conjunction with NAVTEQ, NAVIGON will provide updates for whole sections of its map material as a Live Service.
“NAVTEQ is proud to support NAVIGON’s continued focus on offering fresh maps to consumers. The most accurate and up-to-date map is critical to delivering the optimal navigation experience and NAVTEQ consistently provides the highest quality maps in the world,” said Jeff Mize, Executive Vice President, Global Sales, NAVTEQ. “We are especially delighted to enable the launch of NAVIGON’s Fresh Maps Live service. This innovative new offering brings to life our shared vision of putting the very latest map data in the hands of drivers.”
The first development of the new Live Services, Live POI Update, is set to be completed in the coming months. “In place of the POI lists that have been previously updated with the maps via NAVIGON Fresh, POIs will now be continuously updated in real time.
In the not too distant future, Live users will not only have up-to-the-minute traffic news, details of speed camera location and whether nearby car parks contain free spaces, but they will also be able to access information about the opening times of their chose place of interest. Just as with the Mobile Safety Camera Live service, where users of the NAVIGON Live Programme can update each other with information about the mobile radar speed detectors using the “report camera” button, soon NAVIGON Live users will be able to update information regarding new motorway services or tourist attractions.
Any changes reported via the Live interface will be checked as quickly as possible by the map provider, NAVTEQ, and added to the POI data pool which is continuously updated and transmitted to all Live-enabled devices. “In this way we can always keep the POI lists right up to date and guarantee NAVTEQ quality for each change,” says Jörn Watzke, Vice President of Product Line Management at NAVIGON.
Also in real time, NAVIGON will soon be able to inform Live users about road closures. “As soon as a new section of road is built, NAVIGON will transmit the information to devices via our Live Service and then it will be included in all navigation,” explains Jörn Watzke. “This perfectly supplements the information that is already integrated into the map material on our devices. Our devices already take into account regular events that happen on certain days or at certain times, such as the changing direction of travel in Sierichstrasse in Hamburg or the seasonal closure of mountain passes.”
The next step in the expansion of Live Services is to be real-time updates for other parts of the map material. “In the future we think it will be possible to replace whole sections and bring them right up to date,” announces Jörn Watzke. “It works just like a tiled floor in which individual tiles are continually replaced.” It will even be possible in the future to update, in real time, details such as motorway signs shown in the display of the devices for the Reality View function.
The information for this feature will also come from NAVIGON users. The latest NAVIGON models offer the option of storing deviations from map material, such as a new roundabout, and passing the information on to NAVIGON via NAVIGON Fresh. Once it has been checked by experts at NAVTEQ, the new information is incorporated into the navigation maps. “Since this feature was launched, we have already received several thousand messages from our customers – a valuable contribution to the quality of the maps,” says Jörn Watzke.