TomTom upgrades maps in time for summer of sport

29 May 2012

TomTom Via 130 with mount

TomTom’s map service has received a summer update, getting drivers ready for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2012 tournament and London Olympic Games.

TomTom’s summer map update, released today, includes road changes and added points of interest related to the two biggest sporting events in Europe this summer.

New stadia, temporary and permanent event venues and park and ride facilities across the UK, Poland and the Ukraine have all been included, to ensure visitors to both the Euro 2012 football tournament and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London can find their way with ease.

Surrounding areas in key locations have been checked and surveyed to ensure complete mapping accuracy around these important events.

More roads covered with more accuracy

The upgrade to the global map service has also seen significant improvements in detail and accuracy in many European cities, right down the house number.

Overall, TomTom has added 1.5m km of new roads to its global map service between May 2011 and May 2012, and it’s not just countries hosting major sporting events that are covered. About 107,000km of new road networks have been added in Brazil, and 12,000km of motorways in Spain.

Maps have also been extended in Mexico, Malaysia and Indonesia, while maps of Southern Africa now include more unpaved roads in rural areas for better routing and more accurate estimated times of arrival.

The summer map release is available on all new TomTom devices free of charge through the latest map guarantee, or to existing customers through the Map Update Service for €9.95.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.