TOMTOM was founded on the idea of making innovative technology available to everyone: A PRINCIPLE THAT HOLDS TRUE TODAY.
Founded in 1991, TomTom has grown from a start-up, into a global technology
company. The founders are involved with the company and together with over 5,000 employees continue to shape the future, leading the way with autonomous driving, smart mobility and smarter cities.
1991: TomTom founded
TomTom began with software development for mobile applications and personal digital assistants (PDAs). TomTom soon became the early market leader in navigation applications for PDAs, such as RoutePlanner and Citymaps.
2002: Launched Navigator Application
Launched the Navigator Application, for the first time, providing customers across Europe with affordable and easy-to-use turn-by-turn satellite navigation.
2004: Released the Portable Navigation Device – the first of its kind
A year after the successful launch of TomTom Navigator, it was clear there was a strong demand for an all-in-one, easy-to-use, portable navigation product. The result was not just a new product, but an entirely new category in consumer electronics: the Portable Navigation Device (PND).
In the following years, we continued to innovate and diversify our product portfolio.
2005: Acquisition of Datafactory, which has become TomTom Telematics.
As part of its growth strategy, Telematics acquired four European companies between 2013 and 2015.
2006: Acquisition of Applied Generics, which provided the initial technology for TomTom Traffic.
2008: Acquisition of Tele Atlas, one of the largest global digital mapmaking companies in the world, which is today part of the foundation of our location and navigation technologies.
2012: Pivot out of Automotive hardware.
2015: Launch of HD Map and RoadDNA products for autonomous driving, to enable decimetre-level positioning of vehicles on the road.
2017: Acquisition of Autonomous, strengthening our position in autonomous driving.
2017: Revolutionising map technology
We are revolutionising the way maps are updated and delivered, with our new transactional mapmaking platform, which over time will enable near real-time maps. With this technological innovation, we are positioned to address the need for accurate and up-to-date maps.
2020: ...And beyond
Because of the strength of our technologies, we are rapidly transforming the future of driving by continuously innovating to help solve mobility challenges. We enable smart solutions and provide a continuous optimised experience for our customers.
Our core business is now to provide business customers with navigation technologies to integrate into their location-based applications. Our navigation technologies include our global map, real-time traffic,
and online and embedded navigation software. Our business customers include automotive manufacturers and their tier one suppliers and other ‘enterprise’ customers, such as Apple, Microsoft, and Uber.
Our Automotive business provides cutting-edge modular components, being maps, traffic and navigation software, to car manufacturers and Tier 1 head unit vendors. Each component can be integrated as a stand-alone product, or combined into the Connected Navigation System, to deliver seamless compatibility, advanced user experience and cost-effective implementation.
Our Enterprise business sells TomTom map, traffic and navigation software. It also offers cloud-based products and platforms that allow developers easy access to create location-enabled applications for businesses and governments. Licensing focuses on two types of customers:
B2B2C, where TomTom's products are incorporated in end user applications such as smartphones and tablets, and on the internet; and
B2B, serving professional users for location-based applications such as geographical information systems (GIS) providers, governmental bodies and traffic management institutions.
Our Telematics business offers fleet management solutions for commercial fleets of any size and is also a partner for the insurance industry to provide usage-based insurance products. Telematics' WEBFLEET Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution is highly intuitive to use, allows for seamless integration with third-party applications and offers information security certified to ISO27001 standards. Telematics products enable businesses to improve vehicle performance, save fuel, support drivers, increase overall fleet efficiency, and contribute to environmentally responsible logistics operations.