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TomTom Repositions As Autonomous Navigation Biz


Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 22 Mar 2019

pocketgpsworld.com
TomTom shareholders have approved the sale of TomTom Telematics to Bridgestone Europe. The sale was announced in January and this paves the way for TomTom to concentrate on core strengths.

The sale raised £790m with the majority being distributed amongst shareholders. The remainder will be reinvested in the company. The sale agreement comes as TomTom repositions to focus on autonomous navigation using its map data, navigation software and real-time traffic info services.

In the same week it was announced that international PR firm Lewis has has been appointed to handle communications for TomTom in the UK and The Netherlands with a remit to help position them as the leader in autonomous car navigation systems.

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Posted by Kremmen on Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:34 am Reply with quote

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TomTom shareholders have approved the sale of TomTom Telematics to Bridgestone Europe.

The sale raised £790m with the majority being distributed amongst shareholders



What a surprise Rolling Eyes


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Posted by TieJustice on Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:05 am Reply with quote

I have a tomtom device unfortunately, and itís absolutely rubbish.

It outdated slow and incorrect and can be very dangerous. I have contacted there support regarding there dangerous errors but still after a year of owning this rubbish they have done nothing.

Why did I get a tomtom I have to use it in my line of work.
Would I get one if I had a choice no way in hell I could give you a list of errors but whatís the point they know that there devices are rubbish and dangerous and they donít care.


 
Posted by Snudge on Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:50 am Reply with quote

I bought a TomTom over 10 years ago and it was good but the cost of updating maps, (which I never did), caused me to move to CoPilot on my phone. The map updates are free and it works well.
I do think TomTom were being a bit greedy with the cost of updates.


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Posted by steveJ on Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:54 am Reply with quote

TomTom announced at CES in January that they have an Apple CarPlay app in beta test. It seems they want to compete with Google and Waze. Time will tell if they make it work, although they do have access to some of the best mapping, but whether itís as good as Googleís is yet to be seen.
You can apply to TomTom to become a beta tester, so I might try!

Steve


 
Posted by Privateer on Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:09 pm Reply with quote

I believe that TomTom has lost its way, pun intended Wink. Ten years ago, TomTom made feature-rich products and listened to their customers. Nowadays TomTom's products are seriously dumbed down with considerably fewer features than the older versions. TomTom has failed to listen to customers' requests, in its own forums, asking for the lost features to be reinstated.

steveJ Wrote:
TomTom announced at CES in January that they have an Apple CarPlay app in beta test. It seems they want to compete with Google and Waze. Time will tell if they make it work, although they do have access to some of the best mapping, but whether itís as good as Googleís is yet to be seen.

As soon as Google and Waze produced apps that were Apple CarPlay enabled then TomTom should have done the same. Surely a company as large and as established at TomTom would have all of the necessary resources to do so?

steveJ Wrote:
You can apply to TomTom to become a beta tester, so I might try!

The beta test is now closed. There was a couple of days in January 2019 when they were asking for iOS app users as beta testers for Apple CarPlay but they shut the doors pretty quick. Have a read of the "beta team" thread in the TomTom forum.

Regards,


Robert.
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TomTom GO Mobile iOS 2.0.3; TomTom (UK & ROI and Europe) iOS apps v1.29
Garmin Camper 770 LMT-D

 
Posted by steveJ on Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:41 pm Reply with quote

Of course the other thing to take into account is that TomTom is renowned for being a bunch of money grabbers without a thought for its customers, and a pound to a pinch of salt theyíll be making a charge for the app.
Considering that both Google maps and Waze are free to use, then Iím afraid TomTom for CarPlay could be dead from the start if thatís the case.

Steve


 
Posted by DennisN on Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:52 pm Reply with quote

steveJ Wrote:

You can apply to TomTom to become a beta tester, so I might try!

Steve

Don't bother, it'll just send you mad with frustration because they never pay their testers any attention!!! (Ask MikeAlder).


Dennis

If it tastes good - it's fattening.

Two of them are obesiting!!

 
Posted by DennisN on Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:04 pm Reply with quote

I expect I shall not live to see the day when TT make a success of in-car performance. I'm now on my third in-car satnav (Renault, by TomTom) and the best was the first - as with previous PNDs, they've dumbed down and improved them since, so they are worse.

The latest in-car ones don't offer (Renault don't offer) map updates with the same frequency (even though they price them outrageously, updates around £90 for one Europe map) as TT offer them for PNDs - I got v1011 last November (when it was already out of date) and nothing since. Renault tell me I've got the latest map, but why does it occasionally give me different directions from the v1025 map on my GO6002?

Like I said, I don't expect to live that long, but I wouldn't offer to test drive any Renault with autonomousyness thank you!


Dennis

If it tastes good - it's fattening.

Two of them are obesiting!!

 
Posted by Kremmen on Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:16 pm Reply with quote

I'm not intending to be a passenger in any car that hasn't got a proper driver with controls.


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Posted by Privateer on Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:31 pm Reply with quote

If TomTom cannot get a SatNav PND or app right then I have zero faith in any vechicle that has TomTom developered autonomous systems.

In fact, any vechicle that does have a TomTom autonomous system should have flashing red warning lights to warn other road users! Wink


Robert.
iPhone 6s Plus, iOS 13.1.2: iOS CamerAlert v2.0.7
TomTom GO Mobile iOS 2.0.3; TomTom (UK & ROI and Europe) iOS apps v1.29
Garmin Camper 770 LMT-D

 
Posted by DennisN on Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:00 pm Reply with quote

Privateer Wrote:
In fact, any vechicle that does have a TomTom autonomous system should have flashing red warning lights to warn other road users! Wink
Or a nice man waving a red flag?


Dennis

If it tastes good - it's fattening.

Two of them are obesiting!!

 
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