Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, VW, TomTom navigation devices, TomTom apps for iPhone and Android, Apple Maps, Sygic – you can find real-time traffic information from TomTom almost everywhere. This is how TomTom Traffic works.
TomTom traffic information in the infotainment system of a French OEM.
Traffic jam warning and traffic situation information services for drivers are in abundance:
We explain all of the above-mentioned traffic situation services for drivers in detail in this article
TomTom Traffic: Real-time traffic information for app, PND, browser and fixed installation ex works
TomTom Traffic is based on various sources. According to its own information, TomTom Traffic currently receives traffic situation data from around 600 million networked GPS devices. According to its own information, TomTom Traffic records and processes 3.5 billion real kilometers driven worldwide every day. This would correspond to a daily recorded driving time of more than 70 million hours.
TomTom traffic information about a traffic jam in Munich in the TomTom Go Navigation app on an iPhone. 2D map view in landscape format.
TomTom Traffic is currently offered in 78 countries around the world. However, not always directly for end customers, but sometimes only for OEMs and corporate partners.
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As an end customer, you can use TomTom Traffic
TomTom Traffic is also used by professional users, for example mobility service providers such as Uber. In contrast, TomTom sold its former fleet management solution / telematics division to Bridgestone in 2019.
TomTom traffic overview of the traffic situation in Munich in the free online route planner TomTom MyDrive.
These are the data sources for Tom Tom Traffic
The more Tomtom navigation devices with connected live services are in use, the better the traffic situation data will be. Because TomTom Traffic works in both directions: the user receives current traffic situation data, but at the same time his device also helps ensure that the TomTom traffic information is as accurate as possible.
The millions of anonymous drivers who use TomTom Trafic keep themselves informed in real time when the traffic on their route changes.
Permanently installed navigation devices:
TomTom obtains traffic situation data from the permanently installed navigation devices of the automobile manufacturers, for example from the Audi / VW group of companies, from BMW and Daimler as well as from Stellantis (including Fiat, PSA, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Abarth), Renault, Daimler, Lexus, Ford, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota.
The data from TomTom smartphone apps as well as Apple Maps and Sygic are also incorporated. The GPS data from smartphone manufacturers such as Apple are important for the TomTom source mix and are included in the calculation of real-time traffic information as usual.
The contribution of the PNDs, i.e. the stand-alone navigation devices, is also important. We tested such a PND, the TomTom Go Camper.
Fleet management devices:
Finally, there is input from fleet management devices (including Bridgestone’s Webfleet Solutions – formerly: TomTom Telematics).
In addition, there is malfunction information from road sensors. Classic TMC data from the traffic clubs and the police are also included. Where necessary, TomTom also purchases traffic flow data, for example data from car rental companies in South Africa.
TomTom Traffic informs its users what the reason for a delay on a route section is and how great the resulting loss of time is.
TomTom says that up to 15 percent of all vehicles in Europe and up to 20 percent of all vehicles contribute data to TomTom Traffic in the US, where Competitor Inrix is strong. It is important that the data from TomTom Traffic (can) be available for metropolitan areas, motorways and main roads, but also for secondary roads. They come from wherever there is a device that contributes data to TomTom Traffic. Based on this, updates are carried out every 30 seconds on the TomTom traffic server. According to Tomtom, the TomTom traffic data is then updated every two minutes on the receiving devices.
The anonymized GPS data from quarter Q4 / 2020, from which TomTom Traffic is calculated, trace the road network in Europe.
Special case iPhone:
An iPhone on which you use Apple Maps for navigation should therefore be one of the most precise navigation options. Regarding Apple Maps, however, it must be said that it is purely online navigation. The app downloads the map material continuously while it is in use. This not only causes a considerable volume of data that is at the expense of your mobile phone contract, but it can also lead to interruptions in navigation in areas with poor mobile phone coverage.
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No floating phone data from cellular providers for TomTom Traffic
: On the other hand, the so-called floating phone data from cell phone providers such as Vodafone and O2 have no influence on TomTom Traffic (cell phone providers such as Vodafone earn money by providing this data). TomTom justifies the waiver of the floating phone data originating from the mobile network providers with the fact that more than enough GPS data from permanently installed and mobile navigation devices in the vehicles as well as from smartphone apps, from data sensors on highway bridges and from sensor loops in the roadway To be available.
The best example of the use of floating phone data is Google with its Android smartphones, whose movement data form the basis for online real-time traffic information from Google Maps. And the real-time traffic situation data from Google Mals is impressively accurate. In our experience, TomTom Traffic and Google Maps currently provide the most precise traffic situation data in Central Europe.
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