Networks in Motion, creator of location-based applications for mobile phones, announced that it’s purchased real-time traffic map provider TrafficGauge for an undisclosed sum. The Irvine, Calif. company plans to use TrafficGauge’s technology to develop better navigation tools for cell phones, including software that could make route recommendations based on current traffic conditions.

Network in Motion sells its services to carriers like Verizon Wireless. It has raised $15 million in capital to date from Redpoint Ventures, Mission Ventures and Sutter Hill Ventures. TrafficGauge, headquartered in Seattle, did not release a financing amount, but named Kirlan Venture Capital as its primary backer.

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