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Etak has UK mapped out

17th April 1997, Page 18
17th April 1997
Page 18
Page 18, 17th April 1997 — Etak has UK mapped out
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• Digital map company Etak has completed the first map database of mainland Britain incorporating "turn-by-turn" vehicle navigation. In-cab navigation systems will now be able to offer detailed route instructions via a voice prompt and visual display, for example "turn left at the next junction" or "take the second exit at the next roundabout'. Such details were previously available only for restricted areas. The database covers all motorways, primary routes, A and B-roads. So far 362 urban areas have been mapped, including the 33 London boroughs, and the Metropolitan areas of Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Tyne and Wear, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and the West Midlands.

The database also includes a Points of Interest (P01) library. This enables users to access data such as the location of the nearest fuel station and to ask For full route instructions, such as how to get from the Bull Ring in Birmingham to Victoria Station in London.

CV users could develop their own POI databases to meet their own needs. These might include height restrictions, LGV fuelling points, LGV parking, company depots and the like. Etak will make the data available for various navigation systems due to be launched in the UK.


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