Obviously you have heard of TomTom before, the manufacturer of some great GPS systems which are just about to get greater as TomTom are now rolling out free daily map updates to all its GPS devices, the updates will contain user-generated information containing blocked roads, speed limit changes or any other restriction, which can be added on any device and shared worldwide through the button on your map. Alongside that TomTom have also added the functionality to its iOS 6 application.
To get Map Share on your TomTom device all you need to do is press Start > Via and Go Lines, one thing to note is this new function as before will only be available if you have updated your paid TomTom map in the last 12 months.
[spoiler show=”Show Press Release” hide=”Hide Press Release”]CONCORD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Starting today, TomTom is enabling all of its 60 million portable navigation devices to receive free daily map changes via the TomTom Map Share community. Map Share enables drivers to keep their maps up-to-date by making immediate changes on their device and to receive similar updates from the Map Share community around the world. Map Share was previously only available on a limited number of TomTom devices.
“Roads change all the time. Overnight, roads can close or traffic can be diverted, having a big impact on people’s journey times”
Map Share technology enables drivers to keep the TomTom map on their device up-to-date with immediate changes in their area. Dynamic road changes, such as changed speed limits, new street names, blocked roads and new traffic directions can be updated directly on the device. Drivers then have the choice to share those road changes with TomTom and the broader Map Share community. All TomTom customers can now download daily Map Share changes for free.
“Roads change all the time. Overnight, roads can close or traffic can be diverted, having a big impact on people’s journey times,” says Corinne Vigreux, Managing Director from TomTom. “With Map Share, drivers can update their own map themselves right away. Plus, we have an active community of drivers who share around 250,000 road changes with TomTom and each other every month. We are pleased to expand our community, because the more people who use Map Share the greater the navigation experience for all our customers.”
Map Share enables people to quickly and easily report and share the most frequent road changes. More structural, long-term changes such as the addition of roads or roundabouts are validated and updated within TomTom’s maps and made available on a quarterly basis. TomTom applies a hybrid approach to map-making that includes the combination of authoritative sources, such as field collection, government data or satellite imagery, with community input to ensure its maps accurately reflect reality.
Map Share is already available for many TomTom customers. Starting today, all TomTom Start, VIA and GO customers will be able to receive free daily map changes form the TomTom Map Share Community via a simple, free software update.
A video providing an overview of TomTom’s Map Share can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6O23csHkMk.