Navteq must have just updated their maps database. On Microsoft's Live Maps site they are using the Navteq map database and now for the first time my subdivision and the one next to us are finally included. TeleAtlas maps on Google maps have had them both for months.
I would think that this is the new database that will be available next week when Garmin rolls out the lifetime maps option.
Thanks for letting us know about the updates.
Do you plan to purchase the lifetime maps subscription? If so, could you let us know when the Garmin maps include the update.
I'm guessing the Garmin map updates will be at least two quarters behind Navteq updates.
I was thinking about doing it but I had been considering getting the new 765t to replace my 760. I need to decide on that first before going for the lifetime map option because the lifetime maps are tied to just the one GPS unit.
I just missed the 765t for $325 at ABT back in November and it is now running about $150 more and has been no where near the November prices since.
I would take the updates with a grain of salt. Windows Live map, (NavTeq) is at least 2 years older than Google, TeleAtlas, maps of my home and area.
The NavTeq map is a USGS map from approximately 2003 despite the 2008 copyright date. Google's map doesn't give the source, but has a 2006 date, and from some details in the map, I can date it to spring 2006.
I guess we will find out on the 22nd of January how current they now are.
"nüMaps Lifetime™ North America Map Updates
Product Available: January 22, 2009
Part Number: 010-D0129-00
Suggested Retail Price: $ 119.99 USD "
My location is still the same. I am doubtful that they will include my neighborhood.
Oh well - guess I'll wait until Garmin posts the update to their map browser before I make my decision on the direction I'll take with the map updates.
im interested to know how they plan to find out if your unit is still working. you can always download lifetime presumably once you have it and use the map data (with stripping of encryption/locking headers which is trivial) with any new unit, not just your old dead one.
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