Dutch GPS maker TomTom and Chinese Map and LBS provider AutoNavi have announced today a new partnership to introduce HD Traffic, a premium real-time traffic solution, to drivers across China.
The service will be rolled-out across China, covering up to 30 important Chinese cities by the end of 2013.
TomTom and AutoNavi had formed a joint venture in October 2010 to work together on digital maps and traffic services. The entity is 51% held by AutoNavi and 49% held by TomTom (read here).
“The combination of TomTom HD Traffic’s superior technology along with AutoNavi’s data acquisition capability through our tens of millions of mobile device users, and our hundreds of thousands of fleet probes, will enable us to deliver cutting-edge traffic services to our customers and end-users,” said Congwu Cheng, CEO at AutoNavi.
AutoNavi recently announced that its free mobile mapping application AMAP reached 40 million users, adding 4 million new users per month (read here).