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NAVTEQ launches its first navigable map of Iceland

NAVTEQ has launched a navigable map of Iceland, offering full coverage from Reykjavík in the south west to the shores of the East Fjords and scenic north. The new map includes around 30,000km of road network and more than 2,400 POIs (points of interest), including local facilities such as banks, restaurants, car parks, hotels, pharmacies, and – particularly important in a country whose travel industry is its second largest export – tourist attractions, such as glaciers, geysers, solfataras (sulfur vents), rivers, waterfalls and whales just offshore.

With the most populated centers situated around the coast, the new map will help navigation systems and other routing resources guide visitors confidently around and across the uninhabited interior. The map includes more than 12,500km of the popular four-wheel drive roads, to assist visitors and Icelanders heading into the mountains. Other features on the map include traffic lights and driver alerts in the major urban areas, which warn of upcoming road conditions such as sharp bends, steep hills, safe overtaking spots and speed limits on key roads.

Weather in Iceland is variable and proved a challenge for the teams gathering information on the road. “With visibility often hampered by driving rain, local knowledge was invaluable, particularly when collecting and coding complex data,” explains Frank Pauli, vice president of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) map and content products, NAVTEQ. “The team covering Iceland are part of a group of over 1,000 geographic analysts located around the world, who – as part of the verification process – drive and sometimes walk millions of kilometers each year building and refining the database using proprietary software and tools.”

 

October 30, 2009

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