TomTom to launch off-board nav in H1 2009

TomTom Mobile
TomTom Mobile
TomTom CEO Harold Goddijn today said during the third quarter earnings conference that TomTom would launch an off-board navigation solution targeting wireless operators in the first half of 2009.

So far TomTom was reluctant to invest in the mobile market which supposedly lacked clear business models for navigation solution; but today Harold Goddijn stated: “We will get more clarity about the business models in this market in 2009”.

TomTom has recently re-organized his operations and TomTom Mobile has been established as a separate division within the TomTom group, headed by Kurt Lyall (read our news here). TomTom will hire new people for this division which “started to work on new products some months ago”, said Goddijn.

The Dutch company has also updated and launched its on-board solution, Navigator 7, bundled with the HTC Touch Pro handset. In the recent months TomTom let rumors develop about possible navigation software for the iPhone. Until now Apple has banned this type of software on its App store.

Tuesday, October 28th 2008

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