TomTom MapShare – Clearing up the Confusion
TomTom announced that they are going to bring the new TomTom GO 720 to market with a program called MapShare. This program, or rather system is a connection of GPS based features to other TomTom users so that users can collaborate to improve maps. Those improvements will only create a better experience if there are safeguards in place to keep malicious users from ruining your maps. I think that TomTom is taking a cautious approach to this and know that they have a check and verify system in place.
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1. It’s a free service – MapShare is available on the new TomTom GO 720 when it launches. With the millions of users out there, I would hope that TomTom spreads the good will and gets us all adding to the robustness of the MapShare database. This could come with an update to the navigation operating system that TomTom has been good about doing in the past for users of older models.
2. You can make 7 changes, instantly – TomTom will allow you to make 7 changes on your TomTom, quickly and easily. You can block or unblock a street from use, reverse the direction of a one-way street, name or re-name a street, add a Point of Interest (POI), Remove or rename a POI, or add/change a POI phone number.
3. You can report 27 other types of mapping/database issues – This might take the form of reporting a new (missing) street, noting errors with a rotary, report a missing or wrong highway entrance, a mispronounced street name (on TTS models), wrong speed limit, etc. These issues can be sent in to TomTom for them to check and verify these changes. Once verified, others can download the changes. Note: TomTom will have a device ID# linked to change submissions; so if you are sending up a bunch of bogus submissions, you'll probably just get blocked.
4. User selectable Settings – You will be able to select which changes you want to “accept” or make to your TomTom, including Changes you make, Changes verified by TomTom, Subscriptions to POI databases (i.e. Speed camera databases in Europe), Corrections from Trusted Sources, Corrections reported by Many, Corrections reported by Some. These last two are interesting, and will be fun to watch as more and more people come in to change errors. You can easily elect to only get the major errors verified by TomTom, or instead you can get changes made by only many people that line up and are the same, in a sense verifying each other.
My guess is that this will evolve into something that is quite powerful, and very proprietary. So changes that you get on TomTom’s MapShare won’t be available to you on another GPS brand that is running TeleAtlas unless TeleAtlas figures out the issue itself. I think it is good stuff and have high hopes for the crowd sourcing of the map making.
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Posted by Scott Martin at July 6, 2007 7:59 AM
I've removed all Mapshare 'corrections' from my Tomtom. I depend on the speed limit warnings. After installing Mapshare corrections, the speed limits on the majority of roads are wrong, often absurdly wrong. And that's using only the 'Strictly Tomtom Verified' corrections. Mapshare is a good idea, but it probably introduces more errors than it corrects.