Pedestrian navigation continues march towards mainstream

NAVTEQ, the global provider of digital map, traffic and location data, has confirmed its pedestrian navigation product, NAVTEQ Discover Cities, now powers several on-foot commercially available devices and applications throughout the world.

Offering up to 53 pedestrian-specific attributes, NAVTEQ Discover Cities enables an advanced pedestrian navigation experience. NAVTEQ Discover Cities has extensive data that helps navigation devices and applications provide a variety of routing options to users, including those entirely on foot, or with portions on public transport systems.

For instance, when a pedestrian wants the option to use public transport, NAVTEQ Discover Cities enables routes which take into consideration the location of bus and rail stations and stops and their entrances and exits in relation to the pedestrian route as well as the train and bus network information, including transfer locations.

Some of the world’s best known companies have deployed applications or devices utilising NAVTEQ Discover Cities data, including Garmin, Networks In Motion and Nokia. This growing trend confirms NAVTEQ’s own research, that showed consumers ranked the use of a device for on-foot navigation as one of the most important reasons for considering the purchase of a mobile phone.

Commercially available devices and applications using NAVTEQ Discover Cities data include: Garmin’s CityXplorer Maps; Networks In Motion (NIM) Gokivo Navigator; and Ovi Maps by Nokia.

Since its launch, NAVTEQ Discover Cities coverage has expanded in all major regions of the world. Each city added to the product has data collected and verified with NAVTEQ’s feet on the street expertise, offering customers up to 53 pedestrian-specific map attributes, such as paved pathways, walkways through parks and plazas, bridges, tunnels, footpaths and crosswalks.