Tomtom GPS Navigation

At the Heart of the Journeys

TomTom was founded in 1991 with a focus on developing software products for mobile devices. The establishers Peter-Frans Pauwels, Pieter Geelen, Harold Goddijn, and Corinne Vigreux are all currently working within TomTom. The founders had the drive and vision to help grow TomTom from a small start-up to the multinational, blue chip listed company it is now.

In its first decade, TomTom focused on developing a number of business-to-business applications for mobile devices such as bar-code reading, meter reading and order-entry systems. By 1998, the brand had established itself as a market leader in PDA software, creating a number of consumer applications for PDAs, such as the EnRoute (later renamed RoutePlanner) and Citymaps navigation applications.

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In 2001, as more accurate GPS satellite readings became available, the company recognised that in-car navigation presented a major opportunity for innovation. The brand's first navigation product for PDAs, the TomTom Navigator, was launched in 2002. This product was sold as an add-on application for third-party PDAs and included a GPS receiver and car-cradle. TomTom promoted and distributed this product across Europe, which allowed consumers to buy a fully functioning navigation system at a much lower price than previously available factory-installed and dealer-fitted systems.


By now TomTom saw a gap in the market for an affordable, easy-to-use car navigation system that integrated all the components of a navigation system in one portable device. In 2003, the company made a strategic decision to adapt its core software architecture to operate both on the new hardware products and also across a wide variety of third-party hardware platforms and operating systems. TomTom recruited an experienced hardware team to develop an all-in-one navigation product as the potential for portable navigation devices was clear to the company.

  • TomTom® - GPS Navigator with EasyPort™ Mount
  • TomTom® - Multisport GPS Watches
  • TomTom® - GO Series Vehicle GPS Navigator
  • TomTom® - Multisport GPS Watches
  • TomTom® - Multisport GPS Watches PC-Connected
  • TomTom® - GO Series Vehicle GPS Navigator with Bluetooth
  • TomTom® - Multisport GPS Watches
  • TomTom® - Vehicle Navigator in a Carrying Case
  • TomTom® - GPS Navigator PC-Connected
  • TomTom® - Handsfree iPhone Car Kit
  • TomTom® - Vehicle GPS Navigator in a Air Vents Mount
  • TomTom® - Motorcycle GPS Navigator

The brand's first stand-alone portable navigation device (PND), the TomTom GO, was introduced in March 2004 and marked a turning point in TomTom's story. The TomTom GO met a need for a portable fit-for-purpose navigation device that was simple to use, affordable and worked better than any other navigation solution on the market. The TomTom GO effectively defined a new category of consumer electronics, the PND.


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| Posted by | (Leesburg, VA)

This is very handy; clips on, remove in a second, attach in a second. We both have Subaru, and I got the first one. I loved it, ordered another for DH. His was not as handy. It all depends on the arrangement of the ac vents. Mine are higher on the dash-above the radio. View of screen is at steering wheel level. Hubby's ac vents are below his radio level. GPS is too low, and leans forward due to angle. I think a 1/2 inch shim could be fashioned and wedged under the lower edge of the GPS, tilting it up to sight line.

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