"Until now, cars have been quite isolated where navigation systems rely on dealing directly with dealerships, and involve DVD or SD card updates that the driver has to initiate," saysÂ Etienne Louw, General Manager of TomTom Africa.
"This is both time consuming and inconvenient for drivers.
Consumers are craving a service similar to that of a smartphone, where information is instantly updated and easily accessible.
This need has pushed the automotive industry to embrace the concept of the connected car more actively.â€�
According to Louw
, TomTomâ€™s view is that navigation systems that are able to provide critical live traffic information, as well as incremental map updates in real time, are a key feature of the connected car.
This improves the driverâ€™s experience behind the wheel, because being better informed means that motorists can avoid traffic congestion, adapt their driving behaviour and get to their destination faster.
â€œTomTom has been working constantly for almost 25 years, perfecting its map production and distribution processes," says Louw
â€œAnyone can build a basic map and put it on a smartphone, but producing the high-resolution, three-dimensional map data that the automotive industry requires, can only be done by professional navigation companies that collect data not only from aerial and satellite imagery, but also from millions of probes and extensive field surveys," says Louw