NAVTEQ Transport Expands to Canada
Marvin Hlavac
Pan-Canadian highway coverage enables long-haul truck routing and optimization solutions

October 6, 2009 -- NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of digital map, traffic and location data for in-vehicle, portable, wireless and enterprise solutions, announced today at the 2009 American Trucking Associations Management Conference that it has enhanced its NAVTEQ Transport(TM) coverage to include the major highway network across the entire country of Canada.

NAVTEQ Transport is a set of navigable attributes included in the NAVTEQ® Map specifically designed for trucks and large vehicles. These attributes enable NAVTEQ customers to develop a wide range of solutions to support the transportation and logistics industry for both truck management and the truck navigation. Content includes physical and legal restrictions such as height and weight, warnings, HAZMAT information and Points of Interest unique to the trucking industry.

Because NAVTEQ Transport is part of the highly accurate NAVTEQ® map, it simplifies the application development process and supports quality truck management and navigation tools. Additionally, NAVTEQ's single global data specification design element strategy provides the foundation for applications that can cross country boundaries, further simplifying the development process for multi-national applications.

Known for its quality maps, NAVTEQ collects up to 260 attributes for its map, including Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) attributes that when used in either adaptive cruise control systems or in-cab navigation devices, can lead to significant fuel savings. ADAS attributes that can affect savings include slope and height data, traffic signals, railroad crossings and intersections. Research indicates these attributes support fuel savings when used to project upcoming changes in the terrain enabling adaptation of driving and vehicle behavior to optimize fuel consumption. Additionally, recently shared NAVTEQ proprietary research highlighted the fact that regular use of a navigation system can increase fuel efficiency by 12%.

The leading suppliers to the trucking industry are providing high-quality navigation systems that support accurate turn-by-turn navigations for Class 6-8 trucks. And trucking companies that adopt in-vehicle navigation have the opportunity to increase their profitability and maintain a competitive advantage.

"These leading companies recognize that truck navigation can provide a significant return on fuel economy, high driver satisfaction and increased fleet efficiency," commented Roy Kolstad, vice president, Enterprise Americas, NAVTEQ. "NAVTEQ is proud we are providing the industry with the high quality data needed to support these applications."

In Canada all NAVTEQ Transport content for the major highways has been verified. In the United States, coverage and verification includes all major highways and down to the last mile in dozens of high population counties. To further support the development of quality truck industry applications, NAVTEQ provides technical customer support to assist customers with integrating its map and truck attributes into their applications.


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 4,400 employees located in 192 offices and in 43 countries.

NAVTEQ and NAVTEQ Transport are trademarks in the U.S. and other countries. All rights reserved.

I'd *LOVE* to see software put out in North America that used the NavTeq commercial data. There's already software for the UK & EU that use it.
Marvin Hlavac
Truck routing would be very useful in a trip planner such as Microsoft Streets and Trips, but I'm not sure how realistic it is to expect Microsoft to ever introduce such functionality in what it considers to be a "consumer" product (as opposed to "business" product Microsoft MapPoint).

Perhaps it is more realistic to expect Garmin Mobile PC to one day add truck routing since at least one of Garmin's PNDs does have such functionality.
Ken in Regina
There's a load of RV'ers who use Streets&Trips. Looks like they need to start rattling Microsoft's cage and put some pressure on.

The Garmin truck PND definitely isn't the way to go. I've read plenty of reviews from truck drivers that say it's very lacking. I tried one out in a truckstop one day (major truck stop chain, with 2 other major chain truckstops within 1/2 mile) and it couldn't find a truck stop in a 50 mile range, but it did find the 3 normal gas stations in the area.
Marvin Hlavac
malaki86, POIs can be downloaded from various sources, and then they can be used within Streets and Trips, or other programs, quite easily. But it would be interesting to know how decent the truck-specific routing generated by Navteq database can be, at least in comparison to for example ALK CoPilot Truck.
It's not just the POI's. Even truck specific software/hardware is FAR from good right now. I've had CoPilot Truck tell me to exit the interstate to immediately come to a 9'6" bridge or to go down roads with a 10 ton limit. That's definitely not good considering my truck is 13' 6" high and weighs 34,000 pounds when empty.

CoPilot 9 was a good product (I'd still be using it if it'd run a 64bit operating system) - don't get me wrong there, but the data is anything but perfect.

The one device I'm waiting to hear reviews on is the new Rand-McNally pnd which is built specifically for trucks. If anyone should have the ability to have just about perfect data, it should be them.
I too am an RV'er and it would be nice at the very least to have the height restrictions, and narrow roads, oversized vehicle, etc. built into S&T. I do use the POI's that can be found regarding Low Clearances, but it would be better to be able to calculate your route based on this information as certain restrictions. Actually the latest Trailer Life Navigator does have this and other features based on large vehicles. But I still like the friendly use and operation of Streets & Trips.
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