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COOPERATION: Google signs five year Map Agreement with Tele Atlas
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 01.07.08 - 18:52:17 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 13005x
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While it's not yet clear why Google want to use Tele Atlas maps for Google Maps and Google Mobile, it could be an indication that Google wants to join the GPS navigation area as well. Tele Atlas, a leading global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location-based solutions, yesterday announced that Google has signed a long term 5 year license agreement with the company that gives Google access to Tele Atlas maps and dynamic content in more than 200 countries around the world.

The agreement spans Google's current and future map-based services and navigation offerings across mobile, online and desktop environments. These include the Google Maps and Google Earth services and mobile applications such as Google Maps for Mobile. The agreement also gives Tele Atlas access to edits for its maps from Google's community of users, whose suggested changes can help the company further increase the quality and richness of Tele Atlas maps.

No question, while Google Maps Mobile is already able to provide routing functionalities on mobile devices such as smartphones, it still lacks a turn-by-turn navigation and with the help of Tele Atlas, Google might be able to include this feature in upcoming updates of Google Maps Mobile.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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