NAVTEQ European maps power ROUTE 66

NAVTEQ European maps power ROUTE 66

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Veldhoven, The Netherlands, 8 November 2006 – NAVTEQ, a provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has been selected by ROUTE 66 to supply the latest European digital map data for the Chicago series portable car navigation systems.

The Chicago series is supplied with a detailed country map or map of Europe and also features 2D/3D view plus a day-and-night view, fuzzy search, free safety camera information for most European. With its launch ROUTE 66 is making an entry into the portable navigation hardware market.

“To make the most of this navigation application we wanted to provide our customers with access to the most accurate and detailed maps and chose the latest NAVTEQ data- the recently released Q2 2006 maps – to power the Chicago series,” commented Job van Dijk, Chief Commercial Officer ROUTE 66.

There are four different versions in the Chicago Series: the Chicago 6000 and 7000 target the regional traveller, while Chicago 8000 and 9000 are aimed at the European traveller and include pan-European maps. The Chicago 7000 and 9000 are also equipped with traffic information (where available) by means of integrated RDS-TMC. Prices range between €299.95 (USD 385) and €449.95 (USD 578). Additionally, a DVD “Map of Europe” to upgrade the Chicago 6000 and 7000 is available for € 119.95.

– About ROUTE 66
ROUTE 66 started the on-board navigation market for mobile phones. ROUTE 66 is a software company, specialized in the field of personal mobile navigation. ROUTE 66 sells its products and services in the Asian, West-European and North-American markets. ROUTE 66 was founded in 1992 and is a privately held company. ROUTE 66, one of the most powerful brands in the industry, owns the brand name rights to the ROUTE 66 trademark and the ROUTE 66 logo in the United States, Europe, China and Japan.