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Netropa Features NAVTEQ TRAFFIC PATTERNS(TM) in New PND

Jan 07, 2008 (08:01 AM EST)
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LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NAVTEQ , a leading global provider of digital map data for location-based solutions and vehicle navigation, announced today from the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show that Netropa, a manufacturer of location devices, will power its latest Intellinav models with both NAVTEQ(R) maps and NAVTEQ TRAFFIC PATTERNS. The new addition to the Intellinav line is the first PND to utilize NAVTEQ TRAFFIC PATTERNS, a rich database of historic traffic information.

Intellinav 3's functionality is enhanced through the inclusion of NAVTEQ TRAFFIC PATTERNS, which enables a device to provide more accurate arrival time estimates and alternate route options that avoid areas with the highest typical congestion. Georeferenced to NAVTEQ's powerful map database through Traffic Message Channel (TMC) location codes, NAVTEQ TRAFFIC PATTERNS utilizes historic speed data collected on highways and surface roads across the 48 contiguous United States. The product provides traffic information for expanded geographic areas and on road classes not currently covered by real-time traffic services.

"With the consumer focus continually being about time efficiency and accuracy, Netropa set out to build a device that incorporated the latest technologies to meet those needs," commented Michael Shiao, president, Netropa. "We naturally looked to NAVTEQ's progressive map and traffic databases to provide the solutions necessary to build the next generation of traffic-influenced Intellinav devices."

"Netropa recognizes the priority consumers place on the best routing solution and is pioneering the inclusion of NAVTEQ TRAFFIC PATTERNS to help address this," commented Winston Guillory, senior vice president, consumer and enterprise, NAVTEQ. "Launching the first PND utilizing NAVTEQ TRAFFIC PATTERNS with Netropa puts both companies in the forefront of a technology gaining momentum."

The Intellinav 3 boasts a range of other advanced features. With an intuitive interface, users can navigate through menus with ease. Turn-by-turn directions, powered by NAVTEQ(R) maps, provide audio and visual guidance throughout the routing process. A variety of capabilities, including a fog advisor, school zone alert, parked car locator, and an emergency feature that calculates directions to the nearest hospital, provide a safety and convenience package designed for the consumer on the go.

In the coming months, a deluxe model, the Intellinav 4, will be available that will also be powered by NAVTEQ map and NAVTEQ Traffic Patterns data. To experience the Intellinav 4, visit the NAVTEQ booth (#36008, South Hall) during the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show, held January 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

About Netropa

Netropa Corporation is a leading portable GPS navigation solutions provider and hardware developer with a market presence in Europe, North and South America. Based in Irvine, Calif., the company stands at the forefront of GPS navigation with dedicated divisions focused on developing OEM solutions and licensing, and hardware under its Intellinav(R) brand.

About NAVTEQ

NAVTEQ is a leading provider of comprehensive digital map information for automotive navigation systems, mobile navigation devices, Internet-based mapping applications, and government and business solutions. NAVTEQ creates the digital maps and map content that power navigation and location-based services solutions around the world. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has more than 3,100 employees located in 167 offices in 31 countries.

NAVTEQ and NAVTEQ TRAFFIC PATTERNS are trademarks in the U.S. and other countries. (C) 2007 NAVTEQ. All rights reserved.

This document may include certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts and statements identified by words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates" or words of similar meaning. The statements are based on our current beliefs or expectations and are inherently subject to various risks and uncertainties, including those set forth under "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in each of the Company's most recent Annual and Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory factors. NAVTEQ does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this document.

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CONTACT: Jennifer Schuh of NAVTEQ, +1-312-894-3913, jennifer.schuh@navteq.com; or Bob Richter, +1-212-802-8588,, for NAVTEQ

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