By Cody Lee on Jun 11, 2012
While we knew that Apple was looking to knock off Google as the Maps provider for iOS, we weren’t exactly sure how it was going to do it. Was it building an in-house database? Using OpenStreetMaps?
Well as it turns out, neither of those answers were correct. According to the Acknowledgement page from inside the new iOS 6 Maps application, Apple is using mapping services from TomTom… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Aug 17, 2009
After making its debuts in New Zealand, Australia, and Europe, the TomTom iPhone app is finally available for download in the App Store.
TomTom for iPhone doesn’t come for cheap though… Priced at $99, this fully featured turn-by-turn GPS system is more expensive than some dedicated GPS units. At least TomTom doesn’t require you to get a $10/month subscription fee like AT&T NAvigator.
There is still no word about the TomTom Car Adapter Kit but I suppose it will be available soon.
I haven’t tried the TomTom app myself yet and I’m still wondering if it’s really worth it compared to the $35 competitor CoPilot Live. I guess I will wait for a while and read more reviews to figure out what seems to be the best GPS out there.
If you’ve already tried the TomTom for iPhone application, please leave a comment below and tell us what you think.
By Guest Author on Sep 30, 2008
I know that Google Maps for the iPhone lets you see traffic data in certain areas, but it is very limited by the quality and quantity of available data. With the huge number of iPhones and there wide geographic dispersion and with its GPS and “always on” internet capabilities it should be pretty easy to to actually capture traffic data with an iPhone app. This data could then be shared and distributed back to other iphone apps.
There have been other GPS’s with this approach, but it would pretty simple to create a simple app that has a “Traffic Start” button and a “Traffic End” button that would then use the GPS coordinates and the time between the two points to calculate the location and amount of congestion. This very small packet of data could then be sent to a traffic data base (and maybe validated by other reports) and then retransmitted back to the other worthy iPhone users.
It would have to be something you could do while driving so I am envisioning a very simple screen tap to turn on and off. Also it would take some data finess and number crunching on the server side, but wouldn’t it be cool!
Maybe we could just get Dash to write the app for us.
By Sebastien Page on Jun 11, 2008
Apparently Apple inserted a special provision in the SDK agreement prohibiting developers from creating apps “marketed for real time route guidance; automatic or autonomous control of vehicles, aircraft, or other mechanical devices; dispatch or fleet management; or emergency or life-saving purposes.” No real-time route guidance? That means no GPS…
We know TomTom said that its app is ready to go on the iPhone so maybe Apple is just trying to cover its butt. However, these terms are copied almost word-for-word from the Google Maps API terms, which means that TomTom and others are probably free to use their own maps to do real-time guidance.