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Autos With Navigation Systems Powered by Navtech Data Increasing

February 19, 2002

Navigation Technologies, aprovider of digital map data for vehicle navigation, Internet/wireless andbusiness applications, announced Feb. 19 that 8 car models introduced navigationsystems for the first time in the second half of the 2001 calendar year.Each model features Navtech data, which currently powers all U.S.automotive navigation systems, according to the company.

Joining 43 models already offering navigation, the models newly featuringNavtech data include the Jaguar X-Type, Lexus IS300, Lexus ES300, LincolnBlackwood, Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Nissan Maxima, Oldsmobile Aurora, and ToyotaCamry.

To ensure accuracy, Navigation Technologies Field Analystsdrive the roads, verifying information for the Navtech database, according to Navigation Technologies.This in-depth "human factor" delivers data consistent with real worldconditions and results in a multi-faceted product. From turn restrictions to relative road heights, everyroad segment has up to 150 data attributes such as turn restrictions, one-waystreets and speed categories that help optimize routes. Additionally, theNavtech database includes Points of Interests (POI) in 45 categories includingbanks, hospitals, shopping centers and recreation areas.

"Every in-vehicle navigation system in the U.S. relies on Navtech digitalmap data because of its comprehensive accuracy and detail," said John MacLeod,executive vice president North America & World Markets NavigationTechnologies. "This fleet of automobiles clearly speaks to a growing consumerdemand for navigation systems that continues to escalate each year."

"With Navigation Technologies' relentless efforts to expand coverage andinclude road network data down to the smallest detail, Navtech data is trulythe clear choice for high quality and accurate automotive navigation," saidLarry Haddad corporate manager, product planning at Nissan North America. "Wedepend on Navtech as the source for mapping data in all Infiniti and Nissannavigation systems."

About Navigation Technologies

Navigation Technologies creates the digital map data that powersnavigation and location-based services around the world. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and is privately held. Thecompanies' 1,100 employees are in over 100 offices in 18 countries.

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