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Navteq is a Chicago, Illinois-based provider of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data and is a dominant company in providing the base electronic navigable maps. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nokia but operates independently.


Navteq's underlying map database is based on first-hand observation of geographic features rather than relying on official government maps.

It provides data used in a wide range of applications, including automotive navigation systems for many car makers, accounting for around 85% of market share.

Portable GPS devices made by Garmin, Magellan, Lowrance, NDrive and web-based applications, such as Yahoo! Maps, Bing Maps, and MapQuest also use its maps. Microsoft's Flight Simulator X uses Navteq data for automatic terrain generation.

Nokia Ovi Maps also use its maps in smartphones. Ovi Maps provides offline maps, eliminating the need for a constant internet data feed.

Navteq is also the data aggregator used by XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio to display traffic data on navigation systems that are capable of that display, and partners with various third party agencies and companies to provide government and transportation related services, such as the GPS and GSM-based sex offender tracking system currently in use in parts of North Carolina and Georgia.

Navteq also provides graphics systems, information services and personnel for TV and radio broadcasting (Navteq Media Services). Most of the...
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