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TomTom To Integrate What3Words System

Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 8 Jun 2018

TomTom announced yesterday that it is partnering with UK startup What3words and adopting their geocoding system that uses just three words to help travelers find their way to very precise points on earth.

What3words divides the entire planet into 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares, assigning each square a random three-word address. For example, if you want to find your way to a specific place in the Gobi desert, What3words may tell you that its address is “departed.rumbled.awaiting.” Move a few meters to the left, and the three-word address will change.

It's a superbly simple system and allows you to easily pass on a location where traditional postcodes aren't an option and Lat/Lon too complex and confusing.

TomTom will be offering what3words integration to TomTom consumer and automotive customers in the second half of this year.


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Posted by K13ehr on Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:02 am Reply with quote

Brilliant news, I've used it for ages, it is slowly getting better on the navigation side, destinations are so much easier to use.

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Posted by Skumba on Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:57 pm Reply with quote

Where can I start using it for test and familiarization purposes?
When will it get to my GO LIVE 5200?

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Posted by Privateer on Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:47 pm Reply with quote

I only heard about what3words last week when it was mentioned in LRO (Land Rover Owner) magazine. So far, it looks interesting. Thumbs Up

Skumba Wrote:
Where can I start using it for test and familiarization purposes?
When will it get to my GO LIVE 5200?

You can use it via its website and phone apps.

I suspect that TomTom may possibly add support to MyDrive.


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Posted by DennisN on Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:26 pm Reply with quote

That'll be the day, when voice recognition on TomTom devices and Apps actually recognises as many as THREE WORDS!!!


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