CHICAGO – NAVTEQ announced an exciting expansion to its dynamic content portfolio. Already providing camera alert data and real-time traffic to navigation systems, NAVTEQ now has Fuel Prices and Air Travel Status available for beta testing, with plans for commercial launch in first quarter 2009. Both products leverage formats that can be rapidly deployed, linked to NAVTEQ Map data, and supported by NAVTEQ's 24/7 technical teams.
NAVTEQ's Fuel Prices helps navigation systems and applications meet the everyday needs of drivers searching for the most economic fuel prices. This data, matched to fuel stations on the NAVTEQ map, enables proximity searches for the lowest available price for diesel and ethanol/E-85, as well as regular, mid-grade, and premium gasoline. Fuel Prices data complements other NAVTEQ products that help drivers of hybrid and other lower-emission passenger or light commercial vehicles locate specific fuel types, of which the distribution is not yet widespread. Fuel Prices data can also be configured to proactively deliver data as drivers reach certain milestones, such as miles driven or when a fuel gauge reaches a certain level.
NAVTEQ's POI content — launching first in the U.S., with expansion to Europe thereafter — lends itself to quick and flexible integration into location-aware applications. For example, the data could be configured to "push" information such as fuel prices to navigation systems as drivers cross certain thresholds, such as miles driven since the last fill-up, or when the gas gauge reaches half-full. Alternatively, this data also easily lends itself to proximity searches, enabling drivers to search by a wide variety of criteria, such as price or preferred brand.
In addition, Air Travel Status provides flight arrival and departure information for most domestic flights, as well as travel-related information for hundreds of U.S. airports — including current weather conditions, overall delay status, and average security line wait times. Users can make key decisions such as whether they have sufficient time to refuel a rented vehicle at the nearest station before catching a flight home.
Leveraging integration-friendly formats and innovative location referencing will also minimize time to market for integration into customer applications. NAVTEQ will provide 24/7 technical support and delivery of its POI data.