Our story


It started with a simple idea: Make digital navigation accessible for everyone.


Four like-minded entrepreneurs founded TomTom in 1991, and by 2004 their dream of portable navigation was a reality for millions of drivers around the world. The first TomTom sat nav became one of the fastest selling consumer technology devices in history, making our name synonymous with navigation.

Today, TomTom is the leading independent geolocation technology specialist. Our decades of driver insights go into everything we do – maps for automated driving, navigation software for top car brands, maps APIs for leading tech companies and traffic data for all.

Our technologies are a vehicle for us to take on bigger challenges. Rather than accept road accidents, emissions and traffic congestion as facts of life, we are actively working to solve these issues that affect us all.

Together with our customers and partners, we’re shaping the future of mobility and creating a world that moves better together.

Milestones

2021

TomTom launches IndiGO – an open, modular software platform to transform the future of digital cockpits

2020

TomTom begins Map Editing Partnerships with Uber, among others

2019

TomTom’s first autonomous vehicle is launched to test and improve automated driving technologies

2018

TomTom introduces a complete set of maps APIs for developers

2015

TomTom launches High Definition Maps for automated driving

2015

TomTom’s innovative Transactional Map Making platform is created, enabling real-time map-making at scale

2009

TomTom introduces the world’s first sub-€500 embedded navigation solution with Renault

2008

TomTom acquires TeleAtlas, entering the mapping market

2007

TomTom enters the automotive market

2006

TomTom pioneers the use of real-time traffic service based on mobile network triangulation and GPS trace data

2005

TomTom is the first to use historic travel times as a basis for route calculation, vastly improving accuracy and estimated travel times

2005

TomTom enters the fleet management market – goes on to build Europe’s largest fleet platform

2004

TomTom GO - the world’s first all-in-one satnav device – is launched, changing driving forever

2002

TomTom introduces the world’s first street-level maps application for Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)

1996

Invention of the world’s first route-planning software for mobile devices

1991

Palmtop Software is founded in Amsterdam, becoming TomTom in 2003