January 7, 2010

TomTom Lifetime Map Updates - Future Models

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TomTom announced that they will include lifetime map updates on a range of GPS models that are coming in 2010. That's the good news; we'll see what the price is, or which models it is incorporated into. I expect these models to be announced as a part of CeBit.

Map updates are consistently one of the things that I hear frustrates readers, and it's not surprising that TomTom is seeking to address the pain. Of course people want their maps magically updated while the unit sits in the glove compartment, but that technology hasn't been invented quite yet; you will have to connect to TomTom Home from your computer to download the updates if you want them. The updates are from TomTom's mapping company, TeleAtlas, and is a sure sign of them leveraging their own map company. The updates are officially released quarterly.

Full press release is below....

TomTom, the world's leading provider of navigation solutions and digital maps, today announces that it will offer Lifetime Map Updates, a feature that allows customers to automatically receive map updates as they become available. This feature will be incorporated into a range of TomTom products in 2010.

"Roads are continually changing- from new street names to closed bridges - so it's important for users to always have the most up-to-date maps," said Jocelyn Vigreux, president of TomTom Inc. "With the introduction of Lifetime Map Updates, customers can rest assured that the directions their TomTom device provides will always be the most accurate and efficient available."

Highest Quality Maps
TomTom Lifetime Map Updates utilize Tele Atlas maps, which are continually updated to include improvements on 6.5 million miles of roads, millions of Points of Interest and map updates and speed profile data generated by the millions of drivers in the TomTom US user community. Tele Atlas' comprehensive network of global resources - ranging from government documents to satellite and aerial imagery, in conjunction with continuous input from TomTom's user community enable TomTom to deliver the highest quality maps to its users.

Availability
In order to download TomTom's Lifetime Map Updates, TomTom users need to simply connect their device to TomTom HOME, TomTom's free desktop software, and if map updates are available, they can be downloaded to the device. Registered TomTom users will be notified of new map updates as they become available. Typically, Tele Atlas releases maps on a quarterly basis.

The new Lifetime Map Updates will be bundled with a wide range of TomTom devices starting in early Q2, 2010.

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Posted by Scott Martin at January 7, 2010 11:04 AM

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