A day at NAVTEQ
In addition to the Garmin retail store, the windy city of Chicago is home to NAVTEQ’s global headquarters. Despite the rainy conditions yesteday, a few Garmin employees were in town and had the opportunity to visit their facility (including one of their traffic studios pictured below) and see some of their tools in action first hand – and on the road.
A provider of digital map information for Garmin’s automotive devices, NAVTEQ has more than 1,000 geographic analysts located around the world and provides mapping data for 74 countries and territories on six continents. Lucky for us, a few of those analysts were able to spend the morning with us explaining how the NAVTEQ database is built during a drive around Chicago. Pictured left, the NAVTEQ vehicle uses high-resolution video cameras to capture images, a specially designed joystick and tablet pen for write-in capabilities and a GPS receiver located in the trunk of the car. You’ll see from the pictures below, that not just one, but six cameras are located on top of the car to provide analysts with a complete view of the road. While one analyst drives and speaks the names of restaurants, landmarks and road signs on the route, another analyst verifies and updates the data using the tablet pen with the company’s proprietary software (as seen below).
With the more than 15 million miles of roadway represented in the NAVTEQ database – information which is then “Garminized” by our team in Olathe – analysts are continually driving the roads to provide the most up-to-date content available for your Garmin device. A specail thanks to the NAVTEQ team for showing us around!
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