TomTom beats the drums for its own map-based ecosystem
The company, best known for its auto navigation systems, wants developers to build map apps. And thus it's opening up map display, routing, and traffic details for use.
The company, which is, says it's providing access to its location and navigation services, including map display, routing, and traffic details.
TomTom noted its program, dubbed the TomTom Location Based Services Platform and Developer Portal, will expand its capabilities over time.
It currently includes the following content and services:
- Map Toolkit API with a map display Web service, a geocoding Web service, routing Web service, and traffic Web service
- Cloud-based performance and scalability for constant access
- Management tools that make it easy for developers to track usage
TomTom is one of the world's biggest navigation product makers. Like its rivals, it has struggled as more people use their smartphones and tablets to find their way round. It supplies maps and related content to the majority of handset makers, including Apple, RIM, HTC, Samsung, and Google, but the new developer program could boost its customer base even further.
Reuters noted that the new program is free on a trial basis, but it charges a fee if developers use the data for commercial purposes.