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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Subaru and TomTom Collaborate on 2017 InCar Infotainment System

September 22nd, 2016 by Susan Smith

I have a new 2016 Subaru Forrester and just love it.

TomTom Maps and Navigation Software Power Subaru’s New Infotainment Platform (Photo: Business Wire)

TomTom Maps and Navigation Software Power Subaru’s New Infotainment Platform (Photo: Business Wire)

While I won’t be able to take advantage of the new technology offered by TomTom in its inaugural collaboration agreement with Subaru, I am interested in the development of one of America’s favorite vehicles, one that boasts the most safety features.


Subaru chose TomTom to provide global maps and navigation for their next generation infotainment platform, launching first in North America for the forthcoming 2017 Subaru Impreza. The audio and infotainment supplier HARMAN International is the Tier 1 system provider.

State-of-the-art navigation software from TomTom will go into the collaboration with Subaru, including NavKit, and automotive grade digital maps, based on TomTom’s unique transactional-based mapmaking platform.

With four customer facing business units: Consumer, Telematics, Automotive and Licensing, TomTom is right up there with its navigation devices, action cameras for consumers and sport watches. They also provide fleet efficiency with the Telematics solutions. Their location based services are powered by a real-time map platform which leads to more automative driving for the auto industry.

TomTom’s map is kept up to date, taking into account the fact that every year about 15% of roads change. Their reliance on intelligent mapmaking allows communities to provide input to TomTom’s professional map expertise.

TomTom’s Transactional Mapmaking Engine engine processes real-world changes end-to-end, from detection through quality assurance. Processing millions of edits per week, incremental updates are send to users with fact checked high accuracy and fast cycle-times.

Only verified changes get entered into the database and sent on to the end-user in the Continuously Releasable Database. The database is always globally complete and seamless. Because of these features, the database is continuously releasable to deliver real-time updates to the end-user anytime. There is full traceability back to the source and customers can apply updates to the database easily.

NavKit is TomTom’s off-the-shelf, easily integrateable navigation engine, enabling OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to develop customized Connected Navigation Systems that meet consumer expectations.



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Categories: Big Data, cloud, geospatial, GIS, location based services, location intelligence, mapping, mobile, TomTom, transportation

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