Tele Atlas develops Speed Profiles

Tele Atlas, a global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location-based solutions, announced the availability of Tele Atlas Speed Profiles, designed to provide highly accurate speed data to allow end users of consumer, enterprise and business fleet navigation systems to find the most optimal route to their destination and estimate travel time more accurately.

With the release of Speed Profiles, Tele Atlas says it has enabled route calculations based on comprehensive historical travel time and measured speed information. According to the company, traditional systems available today use standardized estimates to calculate routes, ignoring hurdles such as traffic lights, school hours and rotaries that can impact travel times severely.

Tele Atlas says Speed Profiles uses data derived from almost half a trillion speed measurements shared by consumers in 26 countries, making it unique in terms of both size and richness. To ensure a high level of accuracy, the 33.5 million kilometers of both directions of roads available in Tele Atlas Speed Profiles have been driven and measured on average more than 2,000 times at different times and during different days of the week, according to the company; with this information, Tele Atlas Speed Profiles delivers a solution with actual average speeds for every five minutes of the day on any day of the week for frequently traveled roads.

“Navigation system and application users increasingly are seeking rich and dynamic information that will help them to better plan their routes and enjoy a more informed, efficient journey along the way,” says Bill Henry, Tele Atlas chief executive officer. “With the launch of Speed Profiles, we have demonstrated Tele Atlas’ ability to deliver another significant benefit for the industry that harnesses the power of community and propels Tele Atlas and our customers into the next generation of digital mapping.”