TomTom recently announced that it has reached a mapping milestone by achieving as many as 1.5 billion changes to its digital maps in a single month. These maps are delivered to TomTom customers every week. This milestone marks a significant advance in the company’s drive to shape the future of mobility as digital maps will play a key role with the advent of connected and autonomous vehicles.
On an average basis, TomTom’s map is updated over 570 times a second and these updates can include both geometry and road features like changes in road junctions, new POIs (points of interest) and new addresses.
According to Alain De Taeye, Member of TomTom’s Management Board, the gap between a change in the real world and the change being reflected in Tom Tom’s map has now become much shorter than before. Every change that is made to the map is guaranteed with regard to quality. In fact, the quality is of a level that is high enough for even the most demanding applications.
In the past few years, TomTom has used community input from millions of map users across the world, mobile mapping vehicles, GPS probe data received from 550 million connected devices and local map technicians to optimize professional mapmaking techniques.
TomTom’s transactional map production platform, with continuous integration, uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to shorten the time between detecting changes in the real world and updating the map with guaranteed quality levels. This level of scalability and detail makes it possible for TomTom to deal with any level of detail in both its navigation map and high definition (HD) map for autonomous vehicles.
De Taeye said that the achievement of the mapping milestone of 1.5 billion changes to TomTom’s maps in a single month highlights the scalability of the company’s unique production platform, and takes it one step closer to real-time maps.
1.5 billion map changes in a month translates into 49.3 million changes per day, 2.1 million changes per hour, or 570 changes per second. TomTom’s maps are delivered to automakers, Tier 1 suppliers, technology companies and developers on a weekly basis.
With over 1.5 billion map updates in July, TomTom’s business customers have access to an additional:
• 1.32 million kilometers of roads, enabling more accurate routing;
• 5.9 million Points of Interest, assuring that users can find for whatever they are searching; and
• 2.6 million Address Points, enhancing routing & geocoding accuracy.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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