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Google updates maps, relations with TeleAtlas strained

US: Google Maps has updated the base map data of ten countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa and Switzerland. This follows improvements to Google Maps in the US and Canada.

Google is also seeking user inputs to improve the accuracy of the data, much like OpenStreetMap. Meanwhile, Google’s relationship with TeleAtlas appears strained. Although a year back, Google had stopped working with TeleAtlas in the US, it continued to work with the latter for many European countries. At the time the change happened it appeared that TeleAtlas would probably be replaced by Google’s own data, globally, at some point in the future.

However, it now appears that TeleAtlas is also on its way out in Europe. The TeleAtlas copyright line is playing peekaboo. For example, users can see it in Denmark but not in The Netherlands.

Source: Search Engine Land