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Industry Pioneer: TomTom

TomTom is a Dutch company widely known for being the global leader in navigation and mapping products.  They offer three types of products, navigation devices, in-dashboard navigation and car control services and navigation software for installation on mobile devices.  TomTom was founded in 1991, however the first navigator device wasn’t released until 2002, TomTom navigator 1.   In 2004 the TomTom Navigator 3 was released, this updated version added live traffic data.


  • TomTom products are sold in 30 different countries
  • Market leader in Portable Navigation Devices
  • Although TomTom was founded in 1991, the company wasn’t publicly listed until 2005
  • Over 3,500 employees
  • Five business units- TomTom, Tele Atlas, Automotive, Mobile and TomTom Work
  • TomTom has offices in Europe, North America, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific

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