updated 12:15 pm EDT, Tue September 8, 2009
TomTom intros open-source PND technology
GPS navigator maker TomTom on Tuesday announced it has developed a new, open-source standard that would ideally bring real-time weather, traffic and other key information on navigation devices from many manufacturers as well as map data from various types of vendors. Called OpenLR, the technology promises to eat up little bandwidth and decrease users' commuting times thanks to its integration with traffic information systems and ability to offer route guidance that takes into account up-to-the-minute data such as construction or accidents.
TomTom is inviting developers to contribute to the operation of its system, with OpenLR giving content providers access to locations on any navigable map royalty-free. TomTom itself will use the technology in its devices, which would allow it to transmit content that includes HD Traffic to its users, in addition to improving service quality and coverage.
TomTom will reveal more details about OpenLR at the ITS World Congress, due to start on September 21st.