Nokia Oyjâ€™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 â€œcrowdsourcing,â€ collecting information from user input and displaying it on maps. It runs on most major smartphone platforms.
â€œNavteqâ€™s focus is to understand how this approach might help us with other content that changes frequently, such as parking availability,â€ spokeswoman Claire Backhurst said by e- mail. She declined to disclose the purchase price.
Navteq plans to maintain the application and doesnâ€™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.