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    Tele Atlas, the map provider who provides the maps for TomTom GPS devices and Google maps release a press release last week announcing that they will be the first map provider to accept community-provided information. Basically, they're getting user corrections and data from their own Map Insight option, TomTom's MapShare, and Google Maps edits. Pretty cool - the open-source approach should make them the most accurate source of maps.

    Tele Atlas Releases Industry’s First Global Digital Map Database to Use Community-Provided Data to Identify and Validate Changes

    MultiNet Version 2008.10 Combines Community Input with Tele Atlas’ Vast Source Network to Further Enhance Database Development and Accuracy

    ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, 27 October 2008 — Tele Atlas, a leading global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location-based solutions, today announced that the new version of its MultiNet® digital map database is the first global digital map database to use community-provided data to validate changes. Released in October, MultiNet version 2008.10 incorporates community input provided by TomTom users in Europe and North America that strengthened Tele Atlas’ map change detection and validation process. MultiNet version 2008.10 also features an initial delivery of major specification upgrades including improved navigation, visualization and search capabilities.

    To update its maps, Tele Atlas captures and verifies changes from more than 50,000 global sources, ranging from government documents and public safety officials to construction companies and truck drivers, as well as satellite and aerial imagery. By adding active contributions from individual TomTom users as an additional source, Tele Atlas is able to increase the total number of changes identified by its network, particularly in geographically dispersed and rural areas covered less frequently by other data sources. For MultiNet 2008.10, Tele Atlas used community data to identify and validate more than 50,000 changes related to street names and traffic direction corrections in Europe and North America. Notably, in this version of the database, the total number of changes detected by community input for street name and traffic direction attributes in Europe and North America already matches the number of changes made using all other sources for those specific attributes in these regions.

    “End user communities are becoming a key component permitting companies to enhance their services with real-time information,” said Dominique Bonte, Research Director, Telematics and Navigation at ABI Research. “By effectively harnessing this community-based feedback, digital maps and location-based content will offer more accurate, up-to-date information for the delivery of more powerful navigation experiences.”

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    I wouldn't go as far as saying that "...the open-source approach should make them the most accurate source of maps...", but this is indeed a good step in the right direction. Hopefully within few years they will catch up to the competition (Navteq).


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      I would say that there on navteq's heels teleatlas is getting reel close and I mean real close to navteq and I was a real big critic of teleatlas in the past. But I went out and purchased a tomtom because of the fact I wanted teleatlas maps and tomtom's map share feature. I think navteq is starting to fall behind of teleatlas.