The world as we see it and know it is about to end. And if you think I just smoked weed from biblical times before I wrote this post, let me explain. The world I’m talking about is the one that you see in the Google Maps app on your cellphone.
You see, Google has just recently signed a five-year contract with TomTom (the GPS maker) owned Tele Atlas for the map data it uses in Google Maps. And of course all the details of the deal are going to extend up to Google Earth and mobile apps in a total of 200 countries worldwide.
Google will reap the same benefits with this new deal as before. They will be able to show the maps data of Tele Atlas where Google Maps is available, and anyone will be available to access it to change it for the better. This time, Tele Atlas gets their own fair share of benefits as well, by gaining access to edits that will be done by any Google Maps user, so that they too can update their own mapping system.
This new feature is something that Nokia still hasn’t been able to provide with its own maps and navigation service, as it is still in the process of acquiring Navteq.
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