TomTom will provide a new navigation solution for Fiat Group, continuing the four-year partnership between the two companies. For the first time, TomTom navigation will be built-in as part of the Fiat Group’s new Uconnect™ 5-inch Radio Nav infotainment system.
Toyota Motor Europe (Toyota) will offer TomTom HD Traffic via OpenLR technology as standard in all vehicles with Toyota’s next-generation Touch&GO navigation and infotainment systems. TomTom’s traffic information will be rolled out from early 2014. TomTom will collaborate with its partner Harman to integrate TomTom HD Traffic into the next generation Touch&Go multimedia platform.
Manufacturers of portable navigation devices (PND) are making the right moves as the in-car navigation market is forecast to rapidly diverge into smartphone-based applications and dedicated in-car solutions, according to ABI Research. The total in-car navigation market is set to grow at a compound annual rate (CAGR) of 25.9% over the next five years, representing a strong market with plenty of opportunity, the research firm believes.
TomTom has enhanced its Roadside Assistance program for portable navigation devices with the addition of a new Basic level of service. Basic service provides owners of VIA, GO LIVE and newly-launched START devices with quick and reliable dispatches of responsible and professional service providers with a simple phone call from anywhere in the U.S.
TomTom and its joint venture partner AutoNavi Holdings Limited announced a seven-year agreement with Qoros Auto, a China-based automotive company, for real-time HD Traffic.
Location and navigation systems provider TomTom said its automotive solutions are currently available on several models within the Fiat Group and the Toyota Group.
Sony has announced its first in-dash car navigation systems for the U.S. market, featuring technology powered by TomTom.
Microsoft and DENSO have signed a patent cross-licensing agreement that gives DENSO access to Microsoft patents for auto-drive and navigation technologies and also gives Microsoft access to DENSO patents. The firms said DENSO will compensate Microsoft but otherwise provided no details except that the agreement builds on prior Microsoft patent agreements with Alpine Electronics, Pioneer, and TomTom.