20 March 2006: NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has announced a specialist map dataset of truck attributes for the French market. Called NAVTEQ Transport, the new dataset features a range of attributes, which significantly enhance truck related fleet management, navigation and routing applications. NAVTEQ Transport attributes include physical restrictions for vehicles – such as maximum height, weight, length and width – which directly impact transportation routing. It provides legal restrictions, for example where trucks and trailers are prohibited, and also HAZMAT restrictions. In addition, warning signs within the data highlight steep hills, sharp curves and lateral winds. Finally, a specialist set of points of interest (POIs) will advise on truck stops and truck only service stations.
Consequently, the resulting detailed data adds value to the industry by enabling: cost savings (potentially less damage to trucks and detours avoided generating fuel and time savings); incident avoidance (involving bridge height tolerances and overpasses); improved planning efficiencies (detours planned in advance for accurate multi-vehicle optimisation). In addition, delivery time slots can be more precise and hazardous materials can be routed away from prohibited roads and sites. Test data for NAVTEQ Transport is currently available with a commercial product for France to be released in June. Additional countries will be released based on market requirements.