Wednesday, February 13, 2008

TomTom, portable GPS car navigation systems

TomTom launches online content-sharing platform through TomTom HOME (link)

TomTom released a major upgrade to its TomTom home software yesterday. This version of TT Home is supposed to make it so that "Users can seamlessly download, upload and share content with other members of the TomTom satnav community for free".

Now to go and see whether it works with my TT One 3rd Ed. (according to the website - it should).

Here are the interesting parts from the press release:

  • Users simply connect their device to their computer, launch TomTom HOME and select the type of content that interests them. Within each area, the user will see a list of content supplied either by TomTom, a third party or individual TomTom customers. They simply click on the ‘add’ button to install the content onto their TomTom device. To upload and share content, users simply fill in a short description of the content and can then easily transfer the item from their device to TomTom HOME.
  • Symbolizing the importance of user-generated content, users can rate content via a star system, as well as sorting the content by popularity in the TomTom community. Additionally, TomTom HOME will automatically distribute any updates to existing content. For example, if a user updates a POI set of favorite restaurants, their changes would automatically be sent out to TomTom HOME users who have previously downloaded that set.
  • New management improvements to Map Share, TomTom’s patented map improvement technology. Now users can limit the corrections they download by region, enabling those with limited memory space on their device to use Map Share more selectively. Additionally, Map Share now features a status indicator which keeps users informed on how up-to-date their maps are.

The software can be downloaded from:


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