Mike Blumenthal alerted me to the fact that Google is now relying exclusively on TeleAtlas for mapping data. Mike has the scoop:
Google Maps has now switched their map data provision completely over to TeleAtlas from Navteq. Now the google Maps, the Google API and the Google Maps for Mobile all use the same underlying data. This switch was only a matter of time given Nokia aquisition of Navteq. Here is the announcement from Google’s Maps Guide Adam:
I wanted to give you a heads up that Google Maps recently made some changes to the map data. Specifically, we have moved Google Maps over to use the same map data from Tele Atlas that is currently used by both the Google Maps API and Google Maps for Mobile. While most of the map will look the same, and in many areas it will improve, there may also be some cases where the data may not be optimal . . .
I know that Google was concerned about the ownership of Navteq by Nokia. And Google recently signed a new deal with TeleAtlas in which the latter gets the benefit of community edits to Google Maps data. I wonder if there was some exclusivity provision in that contract that we’re now seeing play out in this move.
Between the two companies, TeleAtlas was generally regarded as a stronger player in Europe, Navteq the better data source in the US. However, things may have changed.