Digital map data provider Navteq has released Navteq Traffic Patterns North America v3.0, an updated historic database that includes typical traffic speeds on nearly one million miles of primary and secondary roads across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Navteq Traffic Patterns is designed to provide product developers and service providers with a reliable, easy-to-use data set for a variety of smart-routing applications, the company said.
Navteq Traffic Patterns is created using historical observations from GPS probe and sensor data, which is aggregated, verified and then matched to traffic location codes in the Navteq Map database. According to the company, it includes:
- Expanded coverage on high-volume surface roads, including interconnecting highways, to provide more alternate routing options
- Additional probe source data for existing roads
- A holiday traffic appendix featuring historical traffic patterns for
national holidays in the U.S. and Canada
"Navteq Traffic Patterns v.3.0 demonstrates up to 33% improvement in travel time accuracy when compared with typical speeds and posted speed limits on freeways and surface roadways," said Howard Hayes, vp, traffic for Navteq. "For example, Navteq Traffic Patterns details specific road segment speed information that can indicate daily congestion on I-94 in Chicago between 9 and 10 a.m. instead of relying on the posted speed limits.”
Navteq also announced that MapQuest has expanded its agreement with the company to include access to all 73 countries in the Navteq map database, as well as future country releases. According to Navteq, MapQuest will utilize Navteq data in both its Internet and mobile applications.