I started hearing rumors about this a few months ago, and today we have confirmation; Magellan portable navigation devices (and apparently apps too) are switching from NAVTEQ maps to Tele Atlas. The Tele Atlas agreement covers other MiTAC owned brands as well – Mio and Navman. It remains to be seen how smoothly the switchover will go, as some early concerns have been posted at GpsPasSion by a few Maggie owners who received the new maps in a recent update.
I asked a source at Magellan about the switchover recently and their somewhat cryptic answer, combined with the wording in today’s news release, leads me to believe that the company may continue to use NAVTEQ maps in their new eXplorist handheld line. On the auto side, there’s no word on when we’ll see Tele Atlas maps preloaded on new devices, although it should be soon since some updates are already incorporating them.
Here’s the full news release.