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News   August 14, 2006   by Auto Service World

Perfecting the Pass?


NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, announced that its Electronic Horizon provides the foundation of the Dynamic Pass Predictor from the BMW group; a technology innovation that can assist drivers in better understanding their opportunity to pass the vehicle in front of them.
NAVTEQ’s patented electronic horizon technology enables the attributes in the NAVTEQ digital map to be used to assist the vehicle in understanding the road ahead.
Dynamic Pass Predictor automatically calculates when it is not appropriate to pass the lead vehicle.
This functionality combines NAVTEQ road geometry data, knowledge about the speed the vehicle is traveling, and sensor generated speed information about the lead vehicle. Utilizing this information, the navigation system screen visually highlights the road sections which require the driver’s increased attention, enabling the driver to assess whether or not it is advisable to pass the lead vehicle.
For example a sharp curve, a junction, or an upcoming speed limit change is highlighted on the map display along with the positional display of the lead vehicle.
This information supports the driver’s understanding on whether or not there is a clear enough view of the road ahead to make a favourable passing decision.
The navigation system does not make a pass recommendation as it is not able to include the oncoming traffic in its calculations.
The software for this solution has been developed by NAVTEQ and the BMW group.
“With this technology, map data moves beyond navigation to more sophisticated driver alerts that enhance user awareness of the road and the vehicles around them,” stated Bruno Bourguet, NAVTEQ Vice President and GM In-Vehicle Sales Europe.
“Working with a premier automotive organization who shares a similar innovation vision supports NAVTEQ’s desire to further advanced driving assistance systems technologies in cars of the future.”
NAVTEQ is a provider of comprehensive digital map information for automotive navigation systems, mobile navigation devices, Internet-based mapping applications, and government and business solutions.
NAVTEQ creates the digital maps and map content that power navigation and location-based services solutions around the world.
The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has approximately 2,000 employees located in 133 offices in 24 countries.


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