How Navteq mapped Australia

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Derek loves nothing more than punching a remote location into a GPS, queuing up some music and heading out on a long drive, so it's a good thing he's in charge of CNET Australia's Car Tech channel.

CNET Australia hitched a ride with Navteq's team of analysts to see how they produce maps — used in GPS devices from Mio, Navman and Navigon — covering our big brown land.


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woody posted a comment   

I worked as a data collector for sensis, 200,000km in two years total, 25,000km in tassie, whereis maps are lots better, i have mapped lots of towns to upgrade data.....

 

woody posted a comment   

thats because you have a mio....every gps on the market is better than a mio....

 

Navway - Ausway/Medion posted a comment   

The GPS unit is good but the Q3 2007 maps are next to useless.
Ausway will charge $89 to upgrade to 2008 Q4 Navteq maps.
My friends Navman MY50T with 2009 Q2 maps do not show major road route changes finalised in 2008 Q1 so it appears Navteq drive in circles using their own maps, maybe they should try a Melways or Sydways instead!!

 

tcdev posted a comment   

$149 for a map upgrade is disgusting and criminal. And I'm guessing it won't be long until Mio don't support my GPS unit any more. Well they can be assured I won't be buying another Mio GPS - they've lost any chance of me buying another Mio GPS. All for the sake of greed... now, where's that torrent search...

 

JohnR2 posted a comment   
Australia

All the talk about Navteq maps. They are disgraceful. Mio would not upgrade maps on my Mio C510 (three years old cost $638)!
Advised only way to get latest maps was to trade-in! and get latest A470 which has up to date 2009 Navteq maps.
So far every place I have needed to go in Brisbane is nowhere to be seen on this unit. Major traffic route changes in Brisbane (Clem Jones Tunnel, Brisbane Airport main traffic routes (used be thousands every day!, new developments at Larapinta, ect. Could list several more. All these changes have been well documented for over two years, so why would they not be in LATEST? 2009 maps. All GPS using Navteq maps are well out of date now. Is that so they can charge $170 or so for the owners of brand new GPS to upgrade? Thieves!

 

HelenD posted a reply   
Australia

Navteq maps are a waste of time, money and effort. We have a Mio A4700 purchased in Jan 2010 and we cannot locate areas that have been in existence for years and years. The 2008 Mio software finds all these places - we know as 2 other members of my family have them and do not have any problems, so we went & bought the same brand only to be dudded well and truly. Mio don't want to know about us. We tried contacting Navteq and got a reply in translated dutch.

 

Navigator posted a comment   

No, they do not drive every road in Aus. They tend to concentrate on the major metropoli and drive the major roads and some minor ones. The rest is filled in with street data provided by a govt source. They do not use Ausways or any other 3rd party provider

 

Mouse posted a comment   

I have a Navman S150 with Navteq maps and I have found so many errors in the 2 months I have owned it. I have been directed to drive into a creek, into a house at a T-Intersection and over a medium strip. POI are way out. The local police station according to Navteq maps is in a paddock 3ks out of town!

 

Mouse posted a comment   

I have a Navman S150 with Navteq maps and I have found so many errors in the 2 months I have owned it. I have been directed to drive into a creek, into a house at a T-Intersection and over a medium strip. POI are way out. The local police station according to Navteq maps is in a paddock 3ks out of town!

 

Robbo posted a comment   

Navteq maps in my navman have hospitals listed inNSW in alphabetical order right up to the letter 'N'just too bad if your in a hurry to find a hospital whose name starts with a letter after the letter 'N'


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