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Open mapping and OSM's sisterhood, according to TomTom's OSM community manager

It’s been a few months since TomTom announced its new mapping platform and data ecosystem. Since then, the company has also announced its involvement in the Overture Foundation, an open map data project. The wider open mapping community is an important part of the future of location tech, so in this week’s Q&A we talk to someone working close to the world of open mapping and community-built maps.
Mar 08, 2023·9 mins read
London is the world's slowest city | TomTom Newsroom
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London is the world's slowest city: A closer look at the data

The TomTom Traffic Index numbers are in. In this edition, London takes the top spot as one of the world’s busiest and most expensive cities for drivers. But it's also the slowest city on the planet.
Feb 15, 2023·5 mins read
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TomTom Traffic Index headlines: 2022’s traffic insights and the cost-of-driving

Just as the coronavirus pandemic faded into memory, new challenges thrust themselves upon the world. War in Ukraine, a looming recession, market unease and the subsequent cost-of-living crisis. Continued uncertainty is bleeding onto our roads and making it more expensive to refuel our vehicles, deliver goods and move about our cities. TomTom’s Traffic Index, now more detailed than ever, shows us the full story. Here's what we learned.
Feb 14, 2023·11 mins read
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What does TomTom Traffic Index data tell us about the world's busiest cities?

TomTom’s Traffic Index is giving us more insight than ever into the realities of traffic in the world’s major cities. But there are a couple of questions that everyone wants answers to: which cities are hit worst by traffic? And which city centers experience the busiest rush hours? Thanks to TomTom’s traffic report, we have the answers.
Feb 14, 2023·8 mins read
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Q&A: A TomTom Engineering VP on new Maps Platform, real-time mapping and the future

In November last year, TomTom announced its new mapping platform and geospatial data ecosystem, the TomTom Maps Platform. It’s generated significant buzz, both inside and outside TomTom Towers. But what's all the fuss about? We’re asking some fellow TomTom’ers for their take on it all.
Jan 24, 2023·4 mins read
Why are there so few global mapmakers? | TomTom Newsroom
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Why are there so few global mapmakers?

Think about the last time you bought something. How much choice did you have? How many companies make the thing you bought? A handful? Tens? Thousands? Think about when you had to buy something for work, a new project management tool perhaps, how many options did you have? I still bet you had a decent amount of choice.
Jan 16, 2023·8 mins read
TomTom's CTO on company's new mapping platform | TomTom Newsroom
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TomTom's CTO, Eric Bowman, on the company's new strategy and mapping platform

In November 2022, TomTom announced its new mapping platform and geospatial data ecosystem, the TomTom Maps Platform. It’s one of the most significant announcements in the company’s history and there's a palpable buzz over what’s on the horizon.
Dec 14, 2022·7 mins read
EV charging POIs are important to integrate into the UX for EVs.
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UX design: The unsung hero of great EV experiences

In the future, the experience of driving an electric vehicle will be as seamless as that of driving a gasoline-powered car today. Until then, user experience (UX) designers have the unique opportunity to make the in-vehicle experience more intuitive for those making the switch. But there are some important things they need to keep in mind as they take on this challenge.
Nov 29, 2022·8 mins read
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Why is location data so valuable? Left turns only, nuclear verdicts and bottom-line efficiency

Back in early November, TomTom announced its goal to make the “smartest map on the planet,” and lifted the lid on the tech and strategy that it’s building to reach that goal. According to the mapmaker, its new map will empower developers and businesses with more useful geospatial insights than ever before. And it’s coming right as the world demands it. Location information, data and intelligence are being used in more places than most of us ever realize, why? Because they’re incredibly powerful — when processed correctly.
Nov 22, 2022·9 mins read
Preserving and Empowering LGBTQ+ Lives with Maps | TomTom Blog
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Preserving and empowering LGBTQ+ lives with maps

We often think of maps as tools that help us get from A to B. While that might be one of their most useful functions, maps can be so much more than that — especially for communities that have historically been marginalized and underrepresented.
Aug 25, 2022·7 mins read
Designing digital cockpits of the future: Takeaways from TomTom’s latest webinar
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Designing digital cockpits of the future: Takeaways from TomTom’s latest webinar

As technology evolves, driving is expanding into an experience that engages not only the driver, but also the passengers. The key to making this experience great lies in the digital cockpit. We attended TomTom's latest webinar, where we saw a panel of experts discuss new and developing visualization technologies that seem set to bring this experience to everyone in the vehicle.
Jul 19, 2022·9 mins read
What’s Faster Up Alpe d’Huez, a Car or a Cyclist? | TomTom Blog
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What's faster up Alpe d'Huez, a car or a Tour de France cyclist? We crunched the numbers

Normally, TomTom spends its time crunching the numbers on traffic data to help you get around quickly and easily in your car. But have you ever wondered about how travel times in a car compare to, say, a cyclist? Not just any cyclist, but one of the world’s best? With the Tour de France heading to the Alpes, we wondered what the answer is.
Jul 14, 2022·4 mins read
Tactile Mapping: Helping the Blind Find Their Way | TomTom Blog
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Tactile mapping: Helping the blind find their way

Tactile mapping is not something most of us will have heard of, but it’s incredibly valuable. It’s used to give blind and visually impaired people an understanding of geography, as well as provide a multisensory format for anyone to learn about the world around them. It’s not talked about enough.
May 19, 2022·11 mins read
What's It Like Being a Professional Driver? | TomTom Blog
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The life of a trucker: What's it like being a professional driver?

If there were no truck drivers, grocery store shelves would be empty, gas stations would run out of fuel and our online shopping orders would never arrive. Nearly every aspect of daily life is made possible because a trucker delivers the goods people need.
May 11, 2022·4 mins read
What is Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) | TomTom Blog
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What is automatic emergency braking?

Driving is complicated…and no one wants to end up in an accident. But it’s a risk people face every day as soon as they venture onto the road. Thankfully systems to minimize potential collisions have been invented, such as automatic emergency braking.
May 05, 2022·5 mins read
EVs Were Outselling Gas Cars 100 Years Ago | TomTom Blog
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EVs were outselling gas cars 100 years ago…what happened?

Now a symbol of progress and the future, at the turn of the 20th century EVs were one of the most popular types of vehicle — they even outsold gasoline cars at one point. So why didn't EVs win back then? Why has it taken us 100 years to learn EVs are better?
Apr 14, 2022·11 mins read
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