Tomtom GPS Navigation
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Popular TomTom Part Numbers
- TomTom® 9UOB.052.02 - Hands Free Car Kit for iPhone
- TomTom® 1EN6.019.01R - Refurbished VIA 1605 M 6.0" Touchscreen Vehicle GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps Update, BlueTooth Hands-Free
- TomTom® 1EN6.052.00 - VIA 1605 M 6.0" Touchscreen Vehicle GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps Update , BlueTooth Hands-Free
- TomTom® 1EQ4.019.01R - Refurbished VIA 1435 M 4.3" Touchscreen Vehicle GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps Update, BlueTooth Hands-Free
- TomTom® 1ET0.017.04 - Start 40 M 4.3" Touchscreen Vehicle GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps Update
- TomTom® 1ET0.052.09 - Start 45 M 4.3" Touchscreen Vehicle GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps Update
- TomTom® 1ET0.052.10 - Start 45 TM 4.3" Touchscreen Vehicle GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic and Maps Update
- TomTom® 1EV4.019.03 - VIA 1435 TM 4.3" Touchscreen Vehicle GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic and Maps Update , BlueTooth Hands-Free
- TomTom® 1EF0.017.09 - Start 50 5.0" Touchscreen Vehicle GPS Navigator With Lifetime Maps Update
- TomTom® 1EN6.019.00 - VIA 1605 TM 6.0" Touchscreen Vehicle GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps Update , BlueTooth Hands-Free