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Library of Congress taps Navteq for map data

The Library of Congress has picked Chicago-based digital mapping company Navteq to provide data that will underpin economic and demographic research.

Navteq, which is owned by Finnish company Nokia, said it will provide map data for the Congressional Cartography Program, which supplies geographic research and analysis for lawmakers. The Navteq data encompasses roads, cities, political boundaries, census boundaries, schools, law enforcement agencies and other types of locations. Get the full story »

Navteq system drops ‘feet’ for landmarks

Digital mapping company Navteq has introduced a new navigation system that guides drivers based on the way people naturally give each other directions, with Chicago as one of the initial cities in the launch.

Its new system, called Natural Guidance, gives instructions based on points of interest and landmarks. For example, instead of traditional navigation systems that tell drivers to turn after a certain amount of distance, Natural Guidance instructs users to “turn right after the yellow shop.” Get the full story »