Microsoft, TomTom Expand Partnership

TomTom announced today that its navigation technology has been integrated into Microsoft’s Connected Vehicle Platform. The move is an expansion of the partnership the two firms announced in February.

“Our integration with the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform means that automakers can get access to precise and reliable navigation and driving behavior data easily, while of course adhering to privacy principles,” TomTom chief product officer Cees van Dok said in a prepared statement. “This data could, for instance, be used to predict the range of an electric vehicle based on driving behavior and planned route more accurately; or to work out, based on navigation behavior, what connectivity package for online navigation would be best suited for a driver. This is a game-changer.”

Under terms of the deal, TomTom navigation usage and diagnostics data can be sent from compatible vehicles to Microsoft Azure where the data can be used by automakers to “generate data-driven insights to deliver tailored services and to make better-informed design and engineering decisions.” The location intelligence includes traffic information and HD map services, and it can also be used in vehicles for navigation apps, and for context while driving autonomously.

TomTom first made its location-based services available on Microsoft Azure in December 2016. In February 2019, TomTom and Microsoft announced that TomTom was chosen as the location data provider for mapping services across Microsoft’s solutions, including Azure Maps, Bing, Cortana, and Windows.

Microsoft’s Connected Vehicle Platform currently serves as the underpinnings for connected vehicles from Volkswagen and Renault Nissan Mitsubishi.

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  • jchampeau

    Premium Member
    06 September, 2019 - 9:20 am

    <p>Azure Maps, Bing, Cortana, and Windows are definitely the first four things that come to my mind when I'm in my car and I need to know how to get somewhere.</p>

  • Ron Diaz

    06 September, 2019 - 9:58 am

    <p>Sounds like Microsoft trying to staple 2 turkeys together to make an eagle again to me…</p>

    • Tony Barrett

      06 September, 2019 - 11:16 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#460625">In reply to Hypnotoad:</a></em></blockquote><p>Nah, if you staple enough turkey's together, you make one real big turkey! MCVP was announced well over two years ago, and as far as I'm aware, it's gone precisely… nowhere. VW (makers of the blandest cars in the world) apparently use it, but to what extent I don't know. Another project to be shortly consigned to Microsoft's 'tried it, screwed it up' bin.</p>

      • oregonduck

        07 September, 2019 - 6:38 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#460726">In reply to ghostrider:</a></em></blockquote><p>"Another project to be shortly consigned to Microsoft's 'tried it, screwed it up' bin." Just like MS Vista and the TomTom Bandit actioncam. Oh wait, Cees van Dok was heavily involved there as well…</p>

  • bart

    Premium Member
    06 September, 2019 - 10:14 am

    <p>So what is Microsoft's play with HERE? That still seems to be used for Windows Maps</p>

  • ommoran

    Premium Member
    06 September, 2019 - 5:27 pm

    <p>My motorcycle GPS is made by Tomtom, and is fantastic – and 2/3 the price of the competing product from Garmin. I have lots of Garmin stuff. I don't need to pay a $300 premium for it.</p>

  • robincapper

    07 September, 2019 - 12:51 am

    <p>Seems odd VAG VW use TomTom when VAG Audi own part of HERE</p>

  • youwerewarned

    07 September, 2019 - 2:15 am

    <p>"…means that automakers can get access to precise and reliable navigation and driving behavior data easily"</p><p><br></p><p>Silly me, I'm still expecting some shred of this tech to actually exist for the customer's benefit. Volkswagen, Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi are a bit of a rogues' gallery, but any port in a storm, I suppose.</p>

  • Jeffsters

    07 September, 2019 - 9:55 am

    <p>Be careful Microsoft! Tom Tom was the original Apple Maps provider! </p>

  • dontbeevil

    08 September, 2019 - 4:44 am

    <p>Which cars are using "Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform" ?</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>"Microsoft announced that TomTom was chosen as the location data provider for mapping services across Microsoft’s solutions, including Azure Maps, Bing, Cortana, and Windows." I still see that data is provided by HERE, which data/country is provided by tomtom?</p>

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