At this year's CeBIT show in Sydney, Navteq announced the inclusion of more detailed speed limit information, as well as the addition of points-of-interest reviews from Lonely Planet and Australian Good Food and Travel Guide.
Who'll think about the kids?!
(Credit: Roads and Traffic Authority, NSW)
At present, speed limit info on GPS units is limited to one speed applicable 24/7. Some areas, such as those around schools, have conditional speed limits for certain times of the day, like school knock on and off periods. From Q2 2009 onwards, Navteq's maps will come with this more detailed speed limit information. We're hoping that this will eliminate all the false 40km/h warnings around schools at midnight or on weekends. Trivial as it sounds, we find that once we've tuned out one type of speed warning, we've tuned them all out.
Also included for Q2 2009 onwards will be point-of-interest reviews from the Lonely Planet, and the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide. We're not sure how much of this content will turn up in the next generation of portable in-dash GPS devices and mobile phones, but we're keeping our fingers crossed.
In an interesting development, Garmin was also at CeBIT showing off its Topo Australia digital map, which combines Hema's off-road map with Navteq's on-road map. Topo Australia is to be offered as standard on the Garmin Oregon 400t off-road navigator, although the rest of Garmin's GPS line-up will still come preloaded with on-road mapping data supplied by Whereis. Topo Australia can be purchased separately on SD card for use with the non-Oregon 400t units.