Garmin gets Netherlands bicycling maps



Garmin gets Netherlands bicycling maps
Waypoint, a Netherlands-based retailer specialized in recreational navigation has launched this month OnRoute, the first GPS bicycle map for the Netherlands dedicated to Garmin devices. Costing €89, the map data comes as a CD for use in combination with outdoor devices and PC-based Garmin software Mapsource and as pre-installed SD card for use in the Garmin Nuvi. In the Netherlands the SD-version of the map will be distributed by Garmin and target the mass market via retail chains like Halfords, Mediamarkt and ANWB.

The map is based on a Tele Atlas streetmap, enriched with specific bicycle-content. “We analyzed over 200.000 kilometers of existing bicycle-routes,” said Hans Vaessen at Waypoint. “This lead to a network of 41.000 km of scenic bicycle roads of which approximately 6000 km was not on the Tele Atlas map since only open to bicycles.”

Waypoint also found a way to let the Garmin device give preference to the scenic roads and paths. The result is that the PND now is able to automatically calculate a scenic route, directly on the unit.

Garmin gets Netherlands bicycling maps
Garmin gets Netherlands bicycling maps
The map was created in partnership with the Belgian company Routeyou founded two years ago by former Tele Atlas employees.

Consumer ready
“Our reason for developing this map was to make bicycle-use much easier” said Vaessen. “We already had our route exchange site using the 'track' as route-base. However, that was still quite technical to use, it forced the user to follow only the preinstalled route and it cannot be used on the Nuvi. With our so called 'OnRoute' bicycle-map calculation and riding a scenic bicycle route is exactly the same as car-use with city navigator-maps.”

With the recently launched crossover Nuvi 500 Series, Waypoint expects its bicycle map to generate even more interest.

Thursday, July 31st 2008


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