Microsoft Extends and Expands NAVTEQ Traffic Agreement
CHICAGO – NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has implemented a multi-year extension of its agreement to provide real-time and historic traffic information to Microsoft Corporation. NAVTEQ Traffic remains Microsoft Corp.’s preferred provider of traffic information for its Web properties, and the agreement extends Microsoft’s right to use NAVTEQ’s traffic data in online products and services, desktop and mobile applications, and appliances.Microsoft’s MSN Direct service, Streets & Trips desktop applications, Windows Live Local, Microsoft Automotive, and Live Search for Windows Mobile services currently use NAVTEQ Traffic data today, and this multi-year extension of the Microsoft relationship provides for incorporation of NAVTEQ Traffic data in additional Microsoft products.NAVTEQ Traffic powers automotive manufacturers, in-vehicle service providers, Web and wireless application developers, as well as television and radio broadcaster solutions with real-time flow, incident, and construction data for 77 U.S. and Canadian-designated market areas. The company has more than 500 dedicated employees located in operations centers across the country who gather and report incidents as they occur in real time, along with the impact of weather and planned incidents like scheduled roadwork. In addition, up-to-the-minute traffic flow information, including average speed, delays, and drive time information for the nation’s busiest roadways gives drivers an edge in planning routes and rerouting to avoid congestion.NAVTEQ Traffic Patterns includes typical traffic flow conditions on more than 750,000 miles of roadway across the United States and Canada. The product’s day of the week and day part model enables more precise routing and trip time estimations based on conditions normally experienced for a given day of the week and time of day.