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Navevo unveils sat-nav solution for the disabled driving community

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Letchworth, England, 18th September 2008 - Navevo, the UK’s leading specialist GPS software developer, has today announced the launch of BBNav, the first dedicated Blue Badge sat-nav solution, specifically designed to support disabled drivers and those caring for the disabled, such as their families or carers.

To assist Blue Badge holders in finding suitable parking locations and points of interest, Navevo has exclusively teamed up with PIE (Public Information Exchange), the UK’s leading publisher of disabled parking guides. Covering 150 major cities and towns across the UK including all the London boroughs, BBNav provides users with greater flexibility and choice when shopping, driving into town or just going out for the day. 

BBNav includes all of the features found on a standard sat-nav but has been enhanced to provide detailed information to support Blue Badge holders including: on-street disabled parking bays; disabled accessible car parks and local council Blue Badge concessions, as well as a wide range of points of interest to support people with disabilities.

Key Features:
• Blue Badge and Red Route on-street parking bays
• Disabled-accessible car parks
• Local council Blue Badge parking concessions
• Over 60,000 Points of Interest (20,000+ Blue Badge)
• NAVTEQ street level mapping covering UK and Republic of Ireland
• 7 digit postcode routing
• Safety Camera Alerts

Blue Badge car park and on-street parking database

BBNav features a database of Blue Badge car parks and on-street parking bays. This unique feature can save not only time but can also take out the uncertainty when driving around and searching for a car parking space. Clear colour-coded and numbered icons are displayed on the mapping while driving and you can easily search for a car park/parking bay of choice and navigate directly to it.

To ensure the right type of car park is found for specific needs, most are graded from 1 to 3: Grade 1 being suitable for wheelchair users traveling independently; Grade 2 for wheelchair users traveling with assistance and Grade 3 for wheelchair users or those with some degree of mobility, able to walk a limited distance. BBNav also provides information about any height restrictions above 2.2 meters, which can be extremely useful if you are driving a converted vehicle for example.

BBNav also allows you to locate and navigate directly to over 10,000 on street parking bays, including Blue Badge and red routes bays. With clear icons on the map it’s easy to identify the bays, as well as understand the waiting times or any restrictions.

In addition, BBNav’s mapping has been uniquely colour - coded to clearly show the rules that the local councils apply for Blue Badge holders, so users can easily identify whether they can park legally on yellow lines, pay & display or in residents’ bays.

POI data in association with PIE

In addition to over 40,000 UK points of interest, BBNav offers a database of over 20,000 POIs tailored specifically for people with disabilities making it the perfect travel companion. For carers wanting to take a client or family member out for the day, BBNav opens a new world of possibilities and helps making choices easier. If you are visiting an unfamiliar town for a day trip, BBNav will tell you where you can park, where the public toilets with disabled facilities are and will even point out the nearest shopmobility scheme should you want to take a powered scooter or wheelchair to see the local attractions in greater detail. BBNav also provides details of accommodation with disabled facilities, as well as over 300 beaches with disabled accessibility.

BBNav’s POI data displays the disabled access type and contact telephone numbers making it easier than ever to plan a stress free trip and if you fancy taking a detour, you have the freedom to do so with the knowledge that BBNav will be able to offer invaluable and vital information to make the trip so much easier.

BBNav comes complete with street level mapping for the UK and Republic of Ireland*, seven digit postcode lookup and a six month free trial of safety camera alerts, featuring visual and audile safety camera alerts for all six UK safety camera types including SPECS and Mobile.

“We have developed BBNav to make traveling far easier for the disabled driving community,” says Nick Caesari, Navevo’s CEO “We have teamed up with PIE to ensure that we are delivering the most comprehensive solution available that uniquely addresses Blue Badge drivers’, or their carers’ specific needs.”

For further information about BBNav, please visit www.bbnav.co.uk 

Availability

BBNav will go on sale in October 2008 priced at £199.99 inc vat from www.bbnav.co.uk and selected retail stores.

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*Blue Badge data does not cover the Republic of Ireland

More information

Members of the press
 
For further information, review samples, images, or to arrange interviews with key Navevo personnel please contact:

Graham Dowall
The PR Room
Tel: 0845 094 2902
graham.dowall@theprroom.co.uk

About Navevo

Navevo offers a full range of navigation solutions and location based plug-ins designed to operate on Windows Mobile hardware platforms including PNDs, PDAs and Smartphone’s.

Navevo owns and develops all of its navigation software, providing the flexibility to meet market demands, create unique propositions and get them to market quickly.

Our strategy is simple, providing unique software and services that make navigation more useful for everyday life. www.navevo.com

About the Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme provides a national arrangement of parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties who travel either as drivers or passengers. Although the scheme provides the badge to the person with the disabilities, it can be used by relatives or carers who provide a disabled persons transport needs. It allows badge holders to park close to their destination in pre-allocated parking zones or spaces.

There are around 2.6 million Blue Badge holders in the UK, with the number of badges issued growing by around 6% per annum. Blue Badge holders can receive up to 100% toll and congestion charge discounts and about ½ million Blue Badge holders have their vehicles subsidised by the Government.

About PIE Enterprises

PIE (Public Information Exchange) Ltd has become synonymous with helping people find what they are looking for on specially customised maps, both online and in print.
Our publishing arm focuses on delivering quality data, which is customised for each specific driving communities and their unique needs.  Our team of over 40 surveyors works with these communities to research all our content to make sure it is up to date and therefore of significant value. We store reams of parking and transport data that is maintained and updated on a daily basis.
Printed titles in the Blue Badge portfolio include:

- London Blue Badge Parking Guide (editions 1&2)
- Blue Badge UK Road Atlas