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NAVTEQ Pushing Garmin for More Frequent Updates?


I saw this on the website of a Texas TV station, KXAN. They were talking about digital mapping, map updates, and GPS devices. Specifically they were talking to a couple of NAVTEQ mappers.

If your device is a Garmin, make sure the company has purchased the most recent data from NAVTEQ to ensure the money you spend will display the most recent data.

Is it just me, or is that a subtle dig at Garmin by NAVTEQ (though it isn’t a NAVTEQ quote) that they should be offering map updates more often than their current annual cycle?

TomTom has moved to a quarterly map update cycle, which overall is positive. There are a few consumers who have gotten the impression they should update their maps quarterly now– at a significant cost, however I don’t think that is the case. When you do decided it is time for a map update though, it will be more recently built than it was in the past which is a good thing.

Most people don’t need to update their maps more than annually, but it is nice not to be forced into a cycle at a certain time of the year. The best map update deal out there though is [url=http://www.gpsreview.net/navigon-freshmaps/]NAVIGON’s FreshMaps[/url].

2 Responses

  1. I’ll be fairly surprised if by this time next year, Garmin has not gone to at least bi-annual updates.

    Gatorguy - May 30th, 2008
  2. I’d certainly like to see that as well! But something tells me that since they used “2009” as the name of the current map that they might not yet be that close to a transition. In talks I’ve had with people from Garmin about more frequent map updates their response was generally that they think one year is good enough for the majority of their customers. In that respect I don’t disagree with them.

    Tim - May 31st, 2008

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