tomtom on the Neo1973

Tehn Yit Chin tehn.yit.chin at
Mon Apr 2 08:59:25 CEST 2007

I don't mean this to be a flippant remark, but how about google map as
a OpenStreetMap replacement?

On 4/2/07, Hans L <thehans at> wrote:
> Just wanted to say that I am another user that would be interested in a
> commercial mapping application running on an OpenMoko device.  I realize
> that mapping requires an enormous amount of effort.  OpenStreetMap is a
> noble effort, but one that I would consider in it's infancy.  Maybe someday
> it could provide maps for the majority of the inhabited landmasses on earth,
> but I don't think that is happening any time soon.  Even if an open project
> was able to eventually map out the majority of the world, I think it would
> continue to take a tremendous effort to keep those maps up to date.  This is
> why I consider a commercial service to be worth paying for.
> I haven't ever used a TomTom device myself, but like many such devices
> TomTom does not make their own map data.  They ahve to buy their maps from
> another provider (TeleAtlas).  There are a few major map providers like
> this.  The other major one that i know of is Navteq (provider for Google
> Maps, Yahoo Maps, Garmin navigation devices, etc.)
> I'm wondering if it might be possible to have an open GPS navigation
> application, which can optionally read its map data from copyrighted data
> files(which the user would purchase) provided by these commercial map
> companies.
> I guess it is a question of whether the map providers are willing to
> cooperate and divulge the details of their file format to an open source
> project, or alternatively converting their data into some open format for
> use with such a project.
> -Hans Loeblich
> P.S. Sorry Patrick I accidentally replied only to you instead of the mailing
> list on my first try.
> On 3/31/07, Patrick Beck <beck-patrick at> wrote:
> > Am Samstag, den 31.03.2007, 16:01 +0200 schrieb Flemming Richter
> > Mikkelsen:
> >
> > >Therefore I would like to support
> >
> > For a navigation software is OSM not enough. Not many maps, will be the
> > problem.
> >
> > > I think tomtom should be optional in addition to openstreetmap.
> > > Openstreetmap should not be replaced, and it should be easy to update
> > > openstreetmap. We could make some nice UI for that. But people have
> > > different needs; and for those that need detailed maps and can afford
> > > it, maybe tomtom is better.
> >
> > Of course should tomtom a optional software. But the first target is
> > that tomtom sell it for the openmoko plattform.
> >
> > I like the OSM-Project. I wish me a cool gui, and a good way to create
> > maps, log tracks and view maps one the Neo1973. And of course complete
> > maps ;)
> >
> > But for car navi and so one, OSM will at the moment the wrong project.
> >
> > I will contact tomtom later per email and ask my question ;)
> >
> > Greets Patrick Beck
> >
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