Navigation Technologies, a leading provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation, Internet/ wireless, government and business solutions, has reached another milestone toward full population coverage in Western Europe with the mapping of Norway’s entire road network. The company has now completed mapping three of the four Nordic countries, with NAVTECH maps of Sweden and Denmark available, and Finland to follow within 6 months. “Increasing coverage is a key element in the plan to feature the whole of Western and Central Europe in the database by 2005,” explained John MacLeod, Navigation Technologies’ Executive Vice President — Global Marketing & Strategy. With 1,337 towns and cities and over 135,000 miles of roads, the fully navigable database now covers 100% of the Norwegian population, an increase from 70% coverage at the end of 2002. NAVTECH data for Norway contains a comprehensive accurate road network for major metropolitan areas including Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, as well as rural areas. As a result, a driver can now use his navigation system to route to and from any address, throughout the country, guided by turn-by-turn routing instructions. Each road segment features up to approximately 150 attributes — such as street names, address ranges, turn restrictions, and speed limits — that help people efficiently route to their destinations. There are over 3,200 Points of Interest (POIs) in 44 categories including everything from hotels, to petrol stations and airports to ski-resorts and other sports facilities. The database also contains international ferry routes between Norway and the other Nordic countries, the United Kingdom, and Germany.