NAVTEQ Launches Extended Lane Information in Six European Countries

Aggressive Initiative to Integrate Extended Lane Attributes Throughout Europe and North America Continues

CHICAGO, May 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — NAVTEQ (NYSE:NVT) , a leading global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has integrated extended lane information into its maps of six European countries. The extended lane attributes were first introduced and extensively tested in the NAVTEQ(TM) map of Germany in 2004, and are now available for select junctions on motorways and roads to major airports in the Q2 2005 release of NAVTEQ maps of Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. In an aggressive initiative, NAVTEQ plans to continue launching the extended lane attributes on its maps of additional European countries and select North American cities throughout 2005.

Customer feedback and years of experience has given NAVTEQ an ideal vantage point for understanding how to enhance the driver’s navigation experience. NAVTEQ recognized the inclusion of extended lane information into its maps as an opportunity to help its customers provide drivers with a more informed and simplified navigation experience. The extended lane information that NAVTEQ is integrating into its maps includes three attributes:

— Extended number of lanes: the total number of lanes along a stretch of
roadway including turn, deceleration and exit lanes
— Lane connectivity: indicates how and where along the roadway lanes
connect and depart from one another
— Lane restrictions: restricted time and usage information

When utilized in a navigation application, these attributes can simplify route guidance for sections of the roadway where complex lane interaction/extended lane situations exist. Lane guidance can improve the navigation experience as it reduces a driver’s risk of driving in unknown situations, executing last-minute maneuvers, and missing the appropriate lane required to correctly route to a destination. As a driver approaches a complex interchange, this technology enables navigation systems to guide the driver through lanes, alerting them of upcoming lane changes and visually illustrating which lane to choose.

The extended lane attributes for Austria, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland are currently available upon request. Starting in the Q4 2005, extended lanes will be standard on all maps that have been integrated with these attributes.

“This enhancement not only provides more information about nuances of the road network but lends an additional visual element to facilitate the driver’s overall navigation experience,” commented John MacLeod, Executive Vice President – Global Marketing & Strategy. “Extended lane information gives our customers another way to elevate the richness and sophistication of their solutions and highlights our focus on continually evolving our map database.”


NAVTEQ is a leading provider of comprehensive digital map information for automotive navigation systems, mobile navigation devices and Internet-based mapping applications. NAVTEQ creates the digital maps and map content that power navigation and location-based services solutions around the world. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has approximately 1,500 employees located in over 100 offices in 20 countries.

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