CeBIT Open Source Project Lounge - Navit
Navit -- open source navigation softwareBy
Navit is among the 15 projects to present their work during CeBIT 2010, offering an open-source navigation with support for many mapping formats.
In a nutshell - describe your project in a few words.
Navit is a platform-independent and modularly built open source navigation software with support for various mapping formats. Its goal is to provide software based free mapping data such as OpenStreetMap that satisfies the needs of car drivers, bicycle riders and pedestrians in the commercial and public realm and that is flexibly suited for users.
When did the project begin?
Navit was registered with SourceForge on November 21, 2005, although it had already been in developmenty for a long time as a private project.
How many active members does the project have?
We currently have 36 international developers registered with SourceForge, with five to ten of them already active over many years.
How did the project come about?
Navit developed from a private need to have a Linux-based navigation system in a car PC.
What would make a CeBIT visitor interested in your booth?
To gather information about how to solve navigation problems by using open source software and a free mapping solution that is not possible or too cost-intensive with a commercial navigation system.
Who do you make your software for?
Navit is for interested home users, research facilities that are experimenting with navigation software, and companies who cannot meet or adequately meet their requirements with closed source navigation systems.
Where do you see your biggest current challenge?
Usability, performance and compatibility with OpenStreetMap.
If you were to hire a full-time project developer now, what problem should he or she be ready to solve?
He or she should be ready to improve usability and the GUI design.
Under which license is the software currently offered?
Navit is licensed under GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv).
Internet adress: http://www.navit-project.org.
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