Navteq hopes to take navigation indoors

New maps and future indoor positioning technologies will result in more advanced services

Nokia-owned Navteq has launched Destination Maps, which will add more detail to indoor maps, starting with large shopping centers, the company said on Monday.

Destination Maps includes the layout for stairs and elevators, as well as the ability to handle different floor levels. A feature called Virtual Connections provides better guidance by recognizing open areas. There are also restrictions to prevent users from being sent to emergency exits, according to Navteq.

Initially, Navteq will focus on mapping large shopping centers in the U.S., but plans to extend the product to include other types of indoor spaces. Currently, Destination Maps covers more than 200 of the largest shopping centers in the U.S. Future expansion plans also include coverage in Europe and Asia, Navteq said.

The concept of indoor mapping and navigation is still relatively new, and related software doesn't perform as well -- for example, offering less exact position information -- as outdoor navigation. However, the industry is working to change that, and Navteq is hoping the launch of Destination Maps will help spur that on, according to a spokeswoman.

Better maps and improved indoor performance will open the door for more advanced location-based services. For example, just like users today can be kept abreast of traffic jams, Destination Maps and future indoor positioning technologies will be able to warn them about crowded restaurants, according to Navteq.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags smartphonesNokiaGPSPhonesconsumer electronicsHandhelds / PDAsNavteq

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

PC World Evaluation Team Review - MSI GT75 TITAN

"I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it."

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?