Speed and Red Light Camera Locations Now Available from NAVTEQ

View Poll Results: Should Navteq Provide Speed & Red-Light POIs?

Good idea 16 88.89%
Bad idea 2 11.11%
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Marvin Hlavac
I suspect this may be a bit controversial, but Navteq has decided to provide a database of locations of speed and red-light cameras. Some people may say, Navteq, by providing locations of police speed traps, is aiding irresponsible drivers in breaking the traffic regulations by speeding in areas without police speed traps.

Will some drivers be more prone to disobeying red lights if they know red light cameras are not present at the intersection?

On the other hand, others may say speed and red-light camera locations database may help by making drivers aware of areas of higher rate of collisions.

What do you think? Should Navteq be making available to the public the database of known locations of speed and red light cameras?

Let your voice be heard. Reply to this thread with your thoughts on the topic and/or vote in our poll.

NOVI, Mich., June 2, 2009 -- NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of digital map, traffic and location data for in-vehicle, portable, wireless and enterprise solutions, announced today at Telematics Detroit 2009 speed and red light camera locations are now available for the NAVTEQ(R) map of North America. NAVTEQ Camera Alert(TM) includes up-to-date information about the exact location of speed limit cameras, red light cameras, as well as combined speed and red light cameras in 5,000 locations throughout North America.

Containing location information for both fixed and mobile cameras, all NAVTEQ Camera Alert content is associated to the NAVTEQ map. When combined with NAVTEQ's speed limit information, this content can enable navigation systems to provide warnings to drivers about changes to speed limits or locations of speed limit and red light cameras.

"Automated cameras are proliferating across North American cities," stated Cindy Paulauskas, vice president Americas map and content products, NAVTEQ. "And our proprietary research indicates that these types of warnings are a highly valued feature in countries where this navigation system functionality is available. Providing our customers with quality North America camera location information helps enable solutions that give drivers better knowledge of maximum speeds and traffic signals - with alerts at the right place and at the right time."

NAVTEQ Camera Alert is delivered as an easy-to-use and flexible XML format, which makes it easier for NAVTEQ customers to implement. The addition of this comprehensive camera location information complements other features already available in the map such as railway crossings, school zones and traffic signals. All of these features can be utilized in a variety of combinations to create powerful alert and warning systems for vehicles.

NAVTEQ is the leading global provider of digital map, traffic and location data that enables navigation and location-based platforms around the world. NAVTEQ supplies comprehensive digital map information to power automotive navigation systems, portable and wireless devices, Internet-based mapping applications and government and business solutions. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has approximately 4,000 employees located in 190 offices and in 39 countries.

NAVTEQ and NAVTEQ Camera Alert are trademarks in the U.S. and other countries. All rights reserved.
Mandolin Guy
It seems to me as if it's something designed to allow drivers to break the law. Drive like a bat out of hell until you come to a camera, slow down, then put the pedal back on the floorboard. Whatever happened to "Do the right thing?"
Originally Posted by Marvin Hlavac
I suspect this may be a bit controversial, but Navteq has decided to provide a database of locations of speed and red-light cameras.
If people are interested in debating the wisdom of such lists, more power to them. I am not.

What I am interested in is having a thread that focuses on the quality and use of such lists, not a thread on the philosophy of the matter. It seems to me that the former is more on-topic for the Laptop GPS World audience.
Marvin Hlavac
Steve, I guess the reason behind me asking people to voice their opinion on the issue in this thread was to keep such off-topic discussions away from the thread you started ( ). I'm just trying to help. About