Google signs five-year map agreement with Tele Atlas

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Tele Atlas, a global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location-based solutions, announced that Google, a top Web property in all major global markets, has signed a long-term license agreement with the company that gives Google access to Tele Atlas maps and dynamic content in more than 200 countries around the world. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The agreement spans Google’s current and future map-based services and navigation offerings across mobile, online and desktop environments. These include the Google Maps and Google Earth services and mobile applications such as Google Maps for Mobile. The agreement also gives Tele Atlas access to edits for its maps from Google’s community of users, whose suggested changes can help the company further increase the quality and richness of Tele Atlas maps.

“Google’s innovation and leadership is undisputed, and we are proud to have the opportunity to be the map foundation for one of the world’s most progressive Web companies,” says Bill Henry, chief executive officer of Tele Atlas. “This agreement is important, too, because it gives us access to input from a significant online community of map users, whose feedback can help us keep our maps fresh and accurate.”

“Geospatial data enhances global search significantly by organizing data and delivering results based on location,” says John Hanke, director of Google Earth and Google Maps. “Tele Atlas’ map quality and the company’s innovative approach to business were the key drivers for our decision.”