Uber indicators up TomTom to offer navigation for its drivers
After dropping out to a consortium of Germany’s largest automotive makers over the buy of Nokia’s HERE Maps, Uber has set about constructing its personal mapping and navigation providers. They are not fairly prepared for prime time, so the corporate has needed to depend on quite a few common mapping providers, together with Google (which additionally serves as an investor), to assist each customers and drivers perceive precisely the place they’re. In the present day, Uber has added TomTom to the record, with the Dutch firm confirming that it’ll additionally help the personal rent taxi agency.
In response to TomTom, the multi-yr deal will present “maps and visitors knowledge for the Uber driver app” and span greater than 300 cities throughout the globe. It is doubtless that riders will not discover a lot of a distinction, aside from probably arriving at their vacation spot faster, as TechCrunch studies that the corporate will proceed to make use of a mixture of totally different providers. That features Bing Maps, which it acquired earlier this yr.