Chicago, USA, 26 February 2007 – NAVTEQ, a provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, announced that it has been selected by Calabash Technologies to provide digital map data for its new hand-held GPS Travel Guide, the Calabash World Explorer.
Calabash Technologies, a technology company specializing in hardware and software solutions for the travel industry, launched the Calabash World Explorer to give travelers a way to explore their destination at a level normally reserved for locals.
It combines the functionality of a hand-held GPS navigation device with the practicality of a travel guide, giving users access to detailed information on local shops, restaurants, beaches, attractions, activities and more. Interactive touch screens, photos, and audio allow tourists to create their own self-guided walking and driving tours in order to explore the local culture. The unit does not require an internet connection for refreshing data; it is updated daily during recharge through a satellite link for the latest information.
NAVTEQ’s digital map data provides the foundation for an enhanced navigation experience. Combined with displayed guided directions, users are provided optimized routes to reach their selected location in the most time-efficient manner. Users also gain access to NAVTEQ’s comprehensive Points of Interest (POI) database which includes local banks, ATMs, gas stations and other important destinations.
The Calabash World Explorer is currently available for daily rental on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands with plans for expansion to other popular tourist destinations.