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
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.