Super sources power TomTom's new map. But what are they? | TomTom Newsroom
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Super sources will power the 'smartest map on the planet.' But what are they?

Earlier this month, TomTom lifted the lid on its game-changing approach to build a new mapping and geolocation data ecosystem, the TomTom Maps Platform. Data will be key to its success, and while the company already has more than 30 years’ worth of global location data, it’s not resting on its laurels. The Dutch mapmaker is instead taking data sourcing to new heights with what it calls “super sources.” But what are they?
Nov 09, 2022·15 mins read
The World Needs a Better Map. TomTom is Making It: TomTom Maps Platform | TomTom
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The world needs a better map: TomTom is making it with its new mapping platform and ecosystem

Today, at its investor meeting, TomTom made one of the most significant announcements in its 30-year history. The geolocation tech specialist and mapmaking company is launching a new map, mapping platform and ecosystem, which the company is collectively calling the TomTom Maps Platform. TomTom says it will set a new standard for mapmaking, one designed to support a future of innovative location-based tech and will lay the foundation for industry-wide open collaboration.
Nov 02, 2022·11 mins read
How TomTom Mapped an Airport in Three Days | TomTom
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Navigation nightmare: How TomTom mapped an airport in three days

It’s that time of the year again: your holiday has arrived. You’re loading bags into the car ready to head to the airport. You’re excited, but you’ve got a flight to catch, and time is ticking. Sandy beaches and hot sun await but hang on – your navigation isn’t working properly. You’re being led in circles, with no way of knowing how to get to the airport.
Jul 21, 2022·7 mins read
How Maps Can Save Connected Cars From Data Outages | TomTom Blog
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How maps can save connected cars from data outages

Connected cars are promising us a future of safer and less stressful driving. Driver aids built on data, knowledge and information are starting to bring this vision to life. But there’s a problem, what happens when we don’t have a data signal or cellular connection?
Jul 05, 2022·7 mins read
Mapping for Color Blindness: High Contrast Dedicated Color Schemes | TomTom Blog
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Mapping for color blindness: High contrast dedicated color schemes

Making maps is a tricky business, reading them can be equally tricky too, especially if you aren’t able to perceive a full spectrum of color. All those fine lines, colors, contrasts and shades can make it difficult, if not impossible, to differentiate between road types, features, grid lines, contours and other map features. Thankfully, with more mindful design, we can make maps accessible to everyone.
May 19, 2022·3 mins read
The Boise Boom: How Mapmakers Keep on Top of Boomtowns | TomTom Blog
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The Boise boom: How mapmakers keep on top of boomtowns

The world is changing by the minute. And, thanks to localized economic development and sudden population growth, some places are changing faster than others. Keeping up with that change isn’t easy.
Apr 28, 2022·9 mins read
A Closer Look at TomTom's Privacy Policy | TomTom
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A closer look at TomTom’s privacy policy

Privacy is complicated, but it shouldn’t be. If a tech company says that it’s not tracking your location, it shouldn’t be tracking your location at all. If you opt out of being tracked, it’s clear what your intention is; it’s not an invitation for the tech company to find ways around your intention. With the help of a few industry experts, I put TomTom’s approach to privacy under the microscope and found it has a refreshingly unique and progressive approach to data privacy.
Jan 28, 2022·8 mins read
How Routing Algorithms Can Prioritize Safety Over Speed | TomTom Blog
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How routing algorithms prioritize safety over speed in rural Finland

Providing drivers with the best route possible is no simple task. Routing algorithms that take care of directing a driver from A to B rely on immense amounts of map data that needs to be up to date, accurate and contextual. As one instance in Finland shows, if map data isn’t up to scratch, drivers can be put in unnecessary danger.
Jan 17, 2022·8 mins read
Introducing RoadRunner: Instant Maps | TomTom Blog
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RoadRunner: Instant Maps

I’d like to show you something we’ve been working on for some time: RoadRunner.
Jan 14, 2022·2 mins read
A Way Out of the Coronavirus Chip Shortage | TomTom Blog
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Meet the devs that coded their way out of the coronavirus chip shortage

Necessity is the mother of invention. Never has that been truer. With global chip shortages ravaging automotive supply chains, carmakers are facing factory closures, production is slowing and costs are rising. Engineers at TomTom, though, are finding ways to innovate around the problem to prevent production delays.
Dec 10, 2021·13 mins read
What Does It Mean To Be Map Agnostic | TomTom Blog
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What does it mean to be map agnostic?

Digital cockpit and in-car navigation systems are complex. As drivers, we rarely give a thought to all the different components that come together to make our nav systems work. But spare one, as you read this, as we go behind the dash and consider what it means for a car to use a navigation system from one supplier and a map from another or, in technical speak, what it means to be map agnostic.
Nov 08, 2021·3 mins read
What does it mean for a map to be high quality | TomTom Blog
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The battle for quality maps

What does it mean for a map to be high quality?
Oct 25, 2021·4 mins read
The Life of a TomTom Mapping Car Driver - MoMa Vehicles | TomTom Blog
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Keeping maps fresh: The life of a TomTom mapping car driver

Meet Carl, a TomTom Mapping Car Driver. If you’ve ever wondered how we keep our map data up to date, then you need to meet Carl Polgar. Carl has been driving mobile mapping cars at TomTom for the past five years.
Sep 13, 2021·8 mins read
TomTom's Mobile Mapping Journey - MoMa Vehicles | TomTom Blog
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More than 20 years of mobile mapping, here’s how it began

When it comes to mapping our world’s roads, TomTom is a pioneer and one of the most experienced firms in the industry. 20 years ago, its mobile mapping team in Lodz, Poland started a journey that continues to be a cornerstone of TomTom’s business today.
Sep 09, 2021·11 mins read
Happy Birthday, OpenStreetMap! | TomTom Blog
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Happy birthday, OpenStreetMap!

Today is OpenStreetMap’s 17th birthday. In 2004 the project began and with it a revolution in mapping that has inspired millions of people to use and contribute to the free and open map of the world.
Aug 09, 2021·3 mins read
How Monitoring Facilitates Accurate and Efficient Map Delivery | TomTom Blog
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How monitoring facilitates accurate and efficient map delivery

At TomTom, everything starts with map data. Digital maps are our core asset and it’s important to keep them updated to reflect reality in real-time. How does our system ensure we deliver maps accurately and efficiently?
Dec 16, 2020·11 mins read
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