Nokia Oyj’s Navteq maps division bought Reach Unlimited Corp. to acquire Trapster, an application for mobile phones that lets drivers share information about speed cameras, police checkpoints and road hazards.

Trapster uses “crowdsourcing,” collecting information from user input and displaying it on maps. It runs on most major smartphone platforms.

“Navteq’s focus is to understand how this approach might help us with other content that changes frequently, such as parking availability,” spokeswoman Claire Backhurst said by e- mail. She declined to disclose the purchase price.

Navteq plans to maintain the application and doesn’t plan to integrate the content and technology into its platforms, Backhurst said by telephone. Reach Unlimited is a four-person company located in Cardiff by the Sea, California.
Source: bloomberg.com

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