TomTom launches Beta of online route planner

Traffic in London , 3pm local time
Traffic in London , 3pm local time
PND manufacturer TomTom has announced the introduction of an online route planner (available here incorporating historical and real-time traffic information.

“The introduction of the online Route Planner marks an important step in our strategy to make our award-winning navigation available for all users, regardless of the platform that is used”, said Harold Goddijn, TomTom’s Chief Executive Officer. “Users that do not have a navigation device can now also benefit from our high-quality routing before starting their journey, giving them a chance to plan their day better than ever before”.

TomTom online Route Planner gives users door-to-door route planning options to any address, taking into account real-time and historic information on traffic flows throughout the day. It incorporates 500 billion historic speed measurements of roads in Europe and the United States (through IQ Route) as well as dynamic traffic information (through HD Traffic). The online Route Planner feature HD Traffic in Germany, UK, France, Netherlands and Switzerland. In other countries - such as Spain, Italy, Austria, or Belgium today - traffic from local service providers may be included. So far no real-time data is provided in the United States even if TomTom is already working with INRIX in this country to provide traffic information to its PND customers.

In this first phase, the TomTom online Route Planner will be accessible for a selected group of users taking part in a closed test programme starting this week. “Depending on the success and feedback of the BETA programme, the online Route Planner will gradually be rolled out to users worldwide”, said TomTom. The route planner is currently available in six languages including English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch.

Thursday, December 4th 2008

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