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TomTom to Update Its Maps Every Single Day

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TomTom was already a big player in digital mapping, and then it went and signed up to work with Apple on the new iOS maps app. Good news, then, for anyone who uses a TomTom provided service: their maps are soon set to update every single day, for free.

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TomTom, you see, has a dedicated pool of users who share information about road changes and closures with the company, which allows them to keep their maps updated on a daily basis. The same's also true for short-term incidents, like repair works or burst pipes on a highway.

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Such frequent updates have in the past been a premium product for TomTom, but it has now announced that it plans to share the data across each and every portable device which uses its navigation systems. Presumably, that includes iOS devices, too. TomTom's Managing Director explains:

"Roads change all the time. Overnight, roads can close or traffic can be diverted, having a big impact on people's journey times. With Map Share, drivers can update their own map themselves straightaway. 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."

The system has already started rolling out, and will continue to do so until all devices offer the feature. [PocketLint]

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steven [gawker help]

I'm curious to see where Garmin will head after all of this. Traditional GPS companies have been slowly edged out by smartphone navigation systems. Garmin tried and failed with the nuviphone. TomTom has secured its future with iOS so it can now afford to open up premium features to users based on the volume they will get from iPhones and iPads. Google has Google Maps and Microsoft has gone over to Nokia Maps. Increasing reliance on smartphones for navigation has left Garmin relatively few paths to go down.