TomTom has signed a global agreement with Apple to provide map services and related information.
The deal was announced after Apple launched a number of upgrades to its software and laptop product range, including new map functionality — and after the company admitted to using military-standard camera technology to create 3D cityscapes.
The transactions terms have not been disclosed.
TomTom, OpenStreetMaps and "other" companies are reportedly being used for the new Maps application. It has not yet been clarified which services will be used for which feature.
Yelp will also be providing location reviews for the new app.
Three-dimensional cityscapes and turn-by-turn navigation are assumed to be the domain of TomTom. These features are currently considered as being highly developed within Google's Android models, more so than in the iPhone.
Europe's largest manufacturer of navigation devices saw its share price jump by at least 10 per cent yesterday, following the announcement — after watching profit margins slump in the first quarter of 2012.
Amsterdam-based TomTom employs over 3000 members of staff, and sells its navigation devices in over 40 countries.
Via ZDNet US