Tele Atlas, the providers of digital map data and location content in Germany, has established a close co-operation with the Roskartographia agency, which is supervised by the Ministry of Transport in Russia. As a result, Tele Atlas is uniquely able to provide navigation maps for driving in Russia in a joint project under the supervision of the Ministry, an essential factor in map making of Russia.
The first map, to be available in April 2005, is of the city of Moscow. It covers the ten districts of Moscow, which includes ten million people. St Petersburg will follow in autumn, 2005 and Tele Atlas map coverage will be extended steadily to take in further important centres of population and commerce across this vast country. As with all Tele Atlas digital mapping, the Moscow map is compatible with a wide range of navigation systems and this move opens the way for in-car navigation in the rapidly expanding Russian market.