Tele Atlas Licenses Intermap 3D
It is being reported that Tele Atlas has reached an agreement to license Intermap’s 3D Terrain model. We’ve talked about 3D buildings from Tele Atlas before, but this agreement would give Tele Atlas access to 3D terrain views.
The image to the right shows an example of what 3D terrain looks like on a GPS. Click the picture to enlarge. With 3D terrain, the world is no longer flat. Having used 3D terrain in devices like the HP iPAQ, various Navigon models, and to a degree some of the new Nuvi models I’m not really convinced it does much to help the driver follow a route. While it does provide additional context to the road map I just haven’t come across a scenario where I’ve said “I’m glad I was using a GPS with 3D terrain as it helped me follow the route.”
“Intermap’s NEXTMap digital maps set the baseline standard for true 3D in-dash visualization and are uniquely able to deliver real world views of not only the road network, but the entire surface of the earth. We’re excited to work with Intermap’s NEXTMap terrain data, which allows us to take navigation to the next level with a visually superior product set.” — Rik Temmink, Global Vice President of Product Management, Tele Atlas
It is said that a targeted launch date of systems incorporating these maps is in late 2010.