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