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Tele Atlas Adds User Changes

2/11/2009 12:08:00 PM Eastern

‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands —GPS map maker Tele Atlas has expanded the inclusion of map changes from GPS users in its latest map release.

The newest release, used by makers of GPS equipment, includes actual changes in the road location or the inclusion of new roads that GPS users helped identify. An earlier Tele Atlas map update in October was the first to include user changes, but it only included road “attributes” such as direction and road names, it said.

A little more than 10 percent of map information changes each year, requiring updates, said the company.

All user-suggested changes are verified by Tele Atlas before being included in the new map release, said the company.

Consumer map updates are gathered by TomTom, which purchased Tele Atlas in June. TomTom has a MapShare feature that lets users tag and upload map changes. 

Tele Atlas maps are used by such GPS makers as TomTom and Pioneer

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