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

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 | (Fresno, CA)

Being already a happy user of the previous generation TomTom GPS navigator, I decided to order this Start 45. I like the mapping and the general accuracy. However, in two occasions it didn't read the number of the street house, thus forcing me to waste time asking. Also, I noticed that finding the POI is a little cumbersome.

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Good Straightforward GPS Navigator at a Good Price Point
| Posted by | (Pittsburgh, PA)

Voice aside, the navigation is good. The Start 45 does a fine job of getting you from place you are to place you want to get using the conditions you stipulate: fastest route, shortest route, no highways, even the most economical route. The 4.3-inch screen is acceptable, allows for clear viewing of the map and the voice complements the visuals. I have not yet used it in the car to go to the downtown; I wonder to see if it will suggest me a better route than the navigator I have been using for the last years.

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2003 Ford F-150
| Posted by | (Olive Branch, MS)

I love this beanbag for my navigator. Windshield attachments can leave unwanted footprint, and also, I believe, can lead to a break-in. I ordered the dash mount, I can put it together with my navigator in my glove compartment, under the dash behind a bag, nobody knows there is a GPS in the car. It's easier to adjust – both vertically and horizontally, and I find it much less obstructing than the windshield mounts.

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Must-Have Device For Everyone Who Gets Lost Easily
| Posted by | (Olivebridge, NY)

A must-have device for everyone who gets lost easily, as I am. So, I got a TomTom and now I can find my way in town or out. Great shipping and I would buy another one but don't need it. Get one for a loved who you want to care about.

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| Posted by | (Bolivia, NC)

This has worked out so well. No more need to ask my son to lend me his navigator. I have learned all features of the navigator, all them are so helpful. I mark all my POI as Favorites (the restaurant, the store, all the different apartments that we were looking for) when travel between cities.

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