tomtom on the Neo1973
gm_ail at gmx.at
Mon Apr 2 10:46:06 CEST 2007
Just wanted to add that I'm interested in such a solution too, I'm
willing to pay for the maps, but I don't like the idea of having some
proprietary software on my phone, I would appreciate the solution of an
opensource GPS Navigation Application in connection with the maps from
I just think that this is not really an easy project to realize it, in
two ways, firstly its a question of money (If you develop an application
you need to know the specifications of the map-formats so you need to
buy them in order to develop). Secondly it seems to me that writing such
an application wouldnt be quite easy in general, I bet there are not a
lot of people being experienced in GPS programming (correct me if I'm
But I don't want to take down your idea, as I said I would, in contrast,
appreciate the solution!
Hans L 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
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