TomTom is a brand which is best known for their satellite navigation systems (Sat navs/ GPS systems) for automobiles, and was founded in 1991 in the Netherlands. Although best known for their GPS systems, TomTom also manufacture other electrical devices such as mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) which are used by businesses to carry out tasks such as tracking deliveries and reading electrical meters.
History of TomTom.
Between 1991 and 1996, TomTom developed applications for businesses, such as meter readers and barcode scanners. The first sat nav/ GPS product, the 'TomTom Navigator', was released in 2002. Following the rapid rise in smartphones across the world, TomTom adapted their technology to work for everyday people via their smartphones, as well as businesses. By May 2008, some versions of the popular HTC Touch Diamond smartphone came equipped with TomTom GPS technology.
Modern TomTom products feature speech recognition technology, HD colour screens, live traffic update technology and IQ routing, which determines the best route based on average speeds on the chosen route.
iOS and TomTom.
TomTom developed an app for Apple's iOS devices, meaning that anybody with an iPod touch or most models of iPhone can access route mapping and satellite navigation via their Apple devices. Car kits are available to enable Apple devices to be mounted onto windscreens and powered via your vehicle's battery in the same way that purpose-designed GPS systems work.
Popular TomTom models include the 'TomTom ONE' which features a 32MB memory, colour screen and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as the 'TomTom GO 6000' which boasts a 4MB memory, HD screen and text-to-speech technology.