TomTom to help ease London traffic congestion

~ 28 July predicted to be the most disrupted travel day in and around London ~

LONDON — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 20, 2012 — TomTom is extending the functionality of its Map Share service to help drivers in and around London avoid travel disruptions this summer. TomTom has created a map task force to process map changes related to temporary road closures, changes in traffic flow and additional turn restrictions as they happen across the capital. TomTom will make these dynamic map changes available to its customers via Map Share on a daily basis.

TomTom has worked closely with key stakeholders to capture and share most road changes TomTom’s map experts predict that 28 July is likely to be the most disrupted travel day, when more than 9000 road changes in London will be introduced. The next most congested day is likely to be August 1 when more than 3000 changes will be made.

"We released our latest map update in May which included structural road changes in London and surrounding areas and points of interest relevant to the summer,” says Tom Brown, TomTom’s UK Country Manager. “Now we are going one step further. We want to ensure that our customers drive with the most up to date map available, taking into account the dynamic road changes resulting from upcoming events in the capital. Our aim is to do all we can to give London drivers the best navigation experience possible.”

TomTom map experts will continuously process map changes in and around London throughout the sporting season. After 6pm every day, TomTom customers will be able to download the following day's road changes to their navigation device and reset any changes no longer required from the previous day for free.

Map Share is available free of charge to all 65 million TomTom customers worldwide. It allows drivers to personalise the map on their own device, share their changes with the community and receive around 250,000 road changes per month from other users.

Notes to Editors

Special daily map changes during the coming weeks include the more dynamic, frequent changes that drivers are likely to encounter in and around the London Metropolitan Area such as:

  • Blocked roads
  • New traffic directions
  • Altered turn restrictions
  • New Points of Interest (POIs)

Drivers can also report their own changes through Map Share in addition to downloading the daily map changes provided by TomTom. They can choose to accept changes submitted by some, or many, other Map Share users, or only those verified by TomTom during the coming weeks.

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About TomTom

Founded in 1991, TomTom (AEX:TOM2) is the world’s leading supplier of in-car location and navigation products and services focused on providing all drivers with the world’s best navigation experience. Headquartered in Amsterdam, TomTom has over 3,500 employees and sells its products in over 40 countries.

Our products include portable navigation devices, in-dash infotainment systems, fleet management solutions, maps and real-time services, including the award winning TomTom HD Traffic.

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