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NAVTEQ® European Maps Power ROUTE 66’s Chicago Series


The ultra slim Chicago series visualizes navigation on widescreen in 3D

Chicago, IL – December 4, 2006 – NAVTEQ (NYSE: NVT), a leading global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has been selected by ROUTE 66 to supply the latest European digital map data for the recently launched Chicago series – four, ultra slim designed, portable car navigation systems.

The Chicago series is supplied with a detailed country map or a pan-European map and features a 2D/3D view, plus a day-and-night view, fuzzy search, free safety camera information for most European countries and advanced infotainment such as an MP3 player with earphones. The series is one of the slimmest and lightest widescreen PNDs (personal navigation devices) currently available. With the launch of the Chicago series, ROUTE 66 is making a significant entry into the portable navigation hardware market.

“To make the most of this navigation application we wanted to provide our customers with access to the most accurate and detailed maps and chose the latest NAVTEQ data, the recently released Q2 2006 maps, to power the Chicago series,” commented Job van Dijk, Chief Commercial Officer ROUTE 66.

There are four different versions in the Chicago Series: the Chicago 6000 and 7000 target the regional traveller, while Chicago 8000 and 9000 are aimed at the European traveller and include pan-European maps. The Chicago 7000 and 9000 are also equipped with traffic information (where available) by means of integrated RDS-TMC. Prices range between €299.95 and €449.95. Additionally, a DVD “Map of Europe” to upgrade the Chicago 6000 and 7000 is available for € 119.95.

“NAVTEQ and ROUTE 66 have a longstanding commitment in bringing navigation products to market and we are delighted to be a part of this new and exciting addition to ROUTE 66’s product portfolio. The ROUTE 66 Chicago range is the culmination of all the expertise at ROUTE 66 combined with the richness and superior quality of NAVTEQ’s navigable database" stated Winston Guillory, Senior Vice President – Consumer & Business Sales, NAVTEQ.

The NAVTEQ European database includes full coverage of 20 countries: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Also included are the main connecting routes and major cities of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and many other Eastern and Central European countries such as: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovakia and Slovenia.

NAVTEQ data delivers the highest levels of quality and precision. From turn restrictions to relative road crossing heights, NAVTEQ field teams capture more than 200 attributes, such as access restrictions, one-way streets, and speed categories. Additionally, NAVTEQ maps include Points of Interest such as petrol / gas stations, hospitals, hotels, and restaurants making it easier to locate and route to many different destinations.

About ROUTE 66
ROUTE 66 started the on-board navigation market for mobile phones. ROUTE 66 is a software company, specialized in the field of personal mobile navigation. ROUTE 66 sells its products and services in the Asian, West-European and North-American markets. ROUTE 66 was founded in 1992 and is a privately held company. ROUTE 66, one of the most powerful brands in the industry, owns the brand name rights to the ROUTE 66 trademark and the ROUTE 66 logo in the United States, Europe, China and Japan.

NAVTEQ is a leading provider of comprehensive digital map information for automotive navigation systems, mobile navigation devices, Internet-based mapping applications, and government and business solutions. NAVTEQ creates the digital maps and map content that power navigation and location-based services solutions around the world. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has approximately 2,100 employees located in 139 offices in 25 countries.

NAVTEQ is a trademark in the U.S. and other countries. © 2006 NAVTEQ. All rights reserved

This document may include certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts and statements identified by words such as “expects”, “anticipates”, “intends”, “plans”, “believes”, “seeks”, “estimates” or words of similar meaning. These statements are based on our current beliefs or expectations and are inherently subject to various risks and uncertainties, including those set forth under “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005 and “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 2, 2006, in each case as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory factors. NAVTEQ does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this document.


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