NAVTEQ said its Traffic Patterns routing software, which helps commuters circumvent congestion, is now available in Brazil.

The mapping and location data specialist, which is owned by Finnish mobile phone company Nokia, said launch coverage for the Brazil edition of Traffic Patterns includes nearly 11,000 kilometers of roads in six of the country's largest cities: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Curitiba and Salvador.

Traffic Patterns helps commuters and vehicle fleets avoid traffic-congested areas, improve arrival time estimates and reduce fuel costs based on likely traffic conditions at that time and day of the week.

The software features speed profiles that provide extensive information about average traffic speeds for specific road segments. The information is based on traffic speed data captured via GPS from actual ”“ and recent -- driver experiences.

"NAVTEQ Traffic Patterns for Brazil is created from more than 35 billion GPS data points,” said Howard Hayes, senior vice president for NAVTEQ Traffic.