TomTom Is Applying Its GPS Technology To Self-Driving Cars And Fitness Watches

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GPS device maker TomTom has moved past flip-by-flip instructions into smart watches and embedded automotive software that could possibly be used for self-driving automobiles.

The moveable mapping device maker introduced in September the discharge of 24,000 km (roughly 15,000 miles) of extremely automated driving (HAD) maps masking Germany’s whole freeway network. HAD maps are a extremely correct sort of 3D mapping know-how that permits automated driving automobiles to drive from level a to level b, as an alternative of simply sensing what’s on the street in front of them.

These kind of maps present self-driving automobiles with a sensible illustration of the street forward, outlining things like lane centerlines, lane dividers, street borders, and guard rails, for example. It will possibly additionally level out velocity limits and lane dividers to maintain the automotive in examine and permit it to regulate accordingly.

Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 11.54.45 PMTomTom has additionally jumped into health with the discharge of the TomTom Spark watch. This wearable tracks most of the similar issues as different health units corresponding to steps, mileage and sleep time, but in addition lets you take heed to your music on the go with out your smartphone. It does require a Bluetooth-enabled headset to work, however comes with fairly a little bit of storage area for loads of tune choices. The watch’s 3GB permits for as much as 500 songs and may sync by way of USB cable out of your laptop computer.

Because of TomTom’s origins in GPS know-how, the Spark goals to precisely document mileage, minutes of exercise and what number of energy you might have burned throughout that point. The watch additionally comes with a critical coronary heart fee sensor that the corporate says rivals that of the Apple Watch.

TomTom Spark begins delivery at the moment. It may be bought instantly from TomTom’s website for 189.00 EU or $ 212.67 U.S.

I spoke with co-founder Corinne Vigreux concerning the Spark health watch and in addition obtained an replace on the Dutch firm’s new mapping program that would assist automotive manufacturers like Volkswagen leap into the self-driving area. All of that and extra is within the video up above. 

Source : TechCrunch