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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
Navigation: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Heading Next? | TomTom Blog
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Navigation: How did we get here and where are we heading next?

When you see the words TomTom and navigation in the same sentence, you’ll probably think of one thing: the portable navigation device (PND). But that device was just the beginning. The technologies that evolved from it are now being applied in even more exciting ways, bringing new possibilities to commerce, logistics and business.
Apr 14, 2022·5 mins read
Why Digital Speedometers Appear to Update Slowly | TomTom Blog
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Here’s why digital speedometers appear to update ‘slowly’

A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across a tweet criticizing the fact that digital speedometers don’t update faster than every half a second. In this era of high-power processors and high-refresh rate, high-resolution screens, the fact that modern car speedos take a perceptible amount of time to update is, on the surface, puzzling. It’s enough to drive some people “nuts”. Clearly, carmakers could make digital speedometers that update ultra-fast, so why don’t they?
Apr 11, 2022·5 mins read
A Brief History of Cruise Control Systems | TomTom Blog
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A brief history of the cruise control system in your car

Nowadays, pretty much every car comes with some form of cruise control. Invented in the early 1900s, cruise control became popular on luxury vehicles, but has since become a vital and incredibly useful piece of automotive tech. But what is it exactly? And how can it help you drive more safely?
Mar 30, 2022·6 mins read
The EU is Regulating Data Shared Between Connected Cars | TomTom Blog
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The EU is regulating data shared between connected cars, and why that’s a good thing

Cars are the new smartphones. As pieces of tech, they have the power to collect immense amounts of data about everything from road features – like surfaces, gradients and signposts – to how they’re driven, by who and even what music is played on journeys. That data comes with an immense value, understandably, everyone wants a slice.
Mar 17, 2022·7 mins read
The Future of Driving is Electric | TomTom Blog
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The future of driving is electric, here's why

By now, we should all know what electrical vehicles are. They’ve become a mainstream part of the collective consciousness of the automobile world in recent years, mostly thanks to their surge in popularity and the focus on government policy that’s effectively banning fossil fuel vehicles. Even so, there are varying opinions as to whether EVs are ’the future’ however – and that’s understandable, given that they’re still relatively new technology and how they challenge what we know of driving and refueling our vehicles.
Mar 14, 2022·8 mins read
The Trailblazing Women in Map History | TomTom Blog
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Meet the trailblazing women that made some of the world’s most important maps

Throughout history, women have so often been relegated to the sidelines: their contributions dismissed as unimportant, or, even worse, attributed to a man. It’s the same story in navigation and mapping. There are many women who helped shape mapmaking but are often ignored in favor of the men who were more freely welcomed into the space. Who were these women? And how did their innovations shape the modern world of mapping and navigation that we know today?
Mar 10, 2022·11 mins read
What Are Driver Drowsiness Detection Systems? | TomTom Blog
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What are driver drowsiness detection systems and how do they work?

Many people face long nights at work. Truck drivers, security guards, healthcare professionals. Jobs that are fundamental to society and to the health, wellbeing and comfort of the general population. As a result, getting behind the wheel while feeling tired is not uncommon. It’s something most drivers have probably done. It can be incredibly dangerous, unless we find a way to warn drivers when their tiredness has become too severe and is impairing their driving.
Feb 23, 2022·4 mins read
What is Range Anxiety? | TomTom Blog
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What is range anxiety?

Picture this: you’re on your annual family road trip. The kids are screaming in the backseat. Someone’s spilled a cup of juice on the leather seats, and in an attempt to create some sort of atmosphere besides utter chaos, music is blaring on the radio. You’re stressed, your hair is a mess and you needed a coffee top up five hours ago.
Feb 16, 2022·4 mins read
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