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TomTom helps you keep your navigation device up-to-date

Sep 30 2008

TomTom helps you keep your navigation device up-to-date

Johannesburg, 30 September 2008. Almost everyone will know the frustration of being misguided in a one-way street or onto the wrong road. The dynamic nature of road networks across the world means that on average the road network changes by approximately 10-15% every year. And this can be as much as 40% in high growth areas. In South Africa road networks are not only expanding to keep up with new development, they also change to make way for public transport systems such as the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link. This coupled with changes to road names and the names of points of interest (POIs) to honour individuals may make it difficult for users to find their way to their destination.

Up-to-date with TomTom Map Share™
TomTom works closely with mapping providers to ensure the most accurate and up-to-date mapping information is available to all TomTom users. This is why all TomTom users have free access to Map Share™ - TomTom’s unique map correction technology. Map Share makes it possible to instantly make changes to the map on the navigation device. With a few taps on the screen a driver can block or unblock streets, change the direction of traffic, edit street names, and add, edit or remove Points of Interest (POIs), as well as change turn restrictions and speed limits.

What’s more, Map Share users can share these map corrections with other TomTom users via TomTom HOME – TomTom’s desktop application. So even if street names change, drivers always have access to the latest changes in the road infrastructure. This ensures that you always have the very latest maps and are never left stranded.

Four millions map improvements
Since the launch of TomTom Map Share in 2007, Map Share users in more than 30 countries have contributed to the creation, maintenance and improvement of digital maps and have benefited from the contributions made by others. To date, TomTom has received over four million map improvements. In July 2008 alone more than half a million people joined Map Share, which is on average over 16,000 people per day. All this consumer generated feedback is forwarded to Tele Atlas, to ensure that drivers always have the most accurate and up-to-date maps available in the mapping and navigation industry.

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