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Google Maps Switches to Tele Atlas


We noted a couple of weeks ago that Google had signed a 5 year deal with Tele Atlas to provide digital maps for various Google applications. Google Earth, and the Google Maps API had previously used Tele Atlas data, so the deal wasn’t a big deal by itself. However, I noticed today that at least in the areas of the USA I’ve checked, Google is now also using Tele Atlas data for the Google Maps website (maps.google.com) that previously used NAVTEQ data.

6 Responses

  1. Tim,

    I seem to recall another recent story where TomTom purchased Tele-Atlas — can’t recall where I saw it, but I think it was on your site somewhere. I wonder if a purchase of Tyre might soon be in the cards?

    Wendell - September 20th, 2008
  2. Correct, TomTom has purchased Tele Atlas.

    Tim - September 22nd, 2008
  3. Navteq has a gap on the road next to my street. My Garmin makes me go around all the time. Whereas Tele-Atlas has it correct. I wish Garmin usd Tele-Atlas.

    Jeff - October 4th, 2008
  4. Ah, that explains why both TomTom and, now, google maps fail to locate streets in my neighborhood. As far as I know, those are the only two providers who screw up directions to my house. I’d be curious to know if there are others. I’ve been warning TomTom users not to use my address, and now I have to warn against Google, too, to anyone trying to find me. I reported all the errors to Tele Atlas but doubt that will reap any results anytime soon…

    Stephanie - October 25th, 2008
  5. Is this why we can not link Google Map directions to TomTom anymore

    Gary - November 23rd, 2008
  6. I don’t think so since TomTom now owns Tele Atlas.

    Tim - November 23rd, 2008

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