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TomTom empowers movement. Every day, millions of people around the world depend on TomTom to make smarter decisions. We design and develop innovative products that make it easy for people to keep moving towards their goals. Best known for being a global leader in navigation and mapping products, TomTom also creates GPS sport watches, as well as state-of-the-art fleet management solutions and industry-leading location-based products.
TomTom was founded in 1991 and has grown from a Dutch-based start-up company into a leading multi-national, global brand. The original founders remain committed to the business and together with the 4,000 employees are focused on driving innovation and helping people achieve their goals.
In 1991, TomTom began a journey that would change the way people drive, beginning with software development for B2B mobile applications and personal digital assistants (PDAs) for consumers. In just two years, TomTom became the market leader in PDA software with navigation applications such as EnRoute (later renamed RoutePlanner) and Citymaps. By June 2002, the TomTom Navigator was launched, providing customers across Europe with an easy-to-use, affordable navigation solution for the first time.
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 device. TomTom recruited an experienced hardware team ready to take on this challenge. The result was not just a new product, but also an entirely new category in consumer electronics: the Portable Navigation Device (PND). The PND became the fastest selling consumer technology device in history, as the trusted travel companion for millions of drivers. Demand grew rapidly across Europe and North America and in the ten years since its launch, over 77 million TomTom PND devices have been sold in 35 countries.
In the years that followed, TomTom continued to innovate and create new products, both in the B2C and the B2B segments. Its consumer product portfolio was extended with its own branded GPS sport watches, which enable runners, cyclists, swimmers and golfers to keep moving towards their goals. A number of new businesses were acquired including Datafactory AG (which formed TomTom Telematics), Applied Generics (which formed TomTom Traffic), the automotive engineering team from the Siemens R&D division (which formed TomTom's Automotive business) and Tele Atlas, one of the largest digital map-making companies in the world (which formed TomTom Maps). These acquisitions provided specialist data, technology, knowledge, and resources to deliver a best-in-class navigation and location-based experience for our customers.
Today, TomTom's B2B activities are focused on fleet management solutions, embedded navigation systems and location-based solutions. TomTom Telematics grew into a leading global provider of fleet management and vehicle telematics solutions, reaching an installed base of 464,000 vehicles at the end of 2014, and is recognised as the fastest growing telematics provider in Europe today. TomTom is set to revolutionise the way maps will be delivered, with the introduction of its new map-making engine that provides incremental map updates, enabling near real-time maps. With the deployment of this important technological innovation, TomTom will be uniquely positioned to fully address the need for highly accurate and always up-to-date maps, enabling its customers to lead the future of Highly Automated Driving.
Together with its state-of-the-art real-time traffic information and navigation software, TomTom's products are sold to customers across various markets, reaching 800 million people around the world every day.