Ever since Google Maps announced pricing changes for its API earlier this year, rival mapmakers have pulled up their socks. While several companies have gone big with their marketing strategy to attract irate developers, a few others are vying to deliver equally aggressively on the quality front as well. And TomTom definitely falls in the latter category.
One of the most reliable Google Maps API alternatives in the market today, TomTom has achieved the breathtaking milestone of making 1.5 billion changes to its digital maps in a single month. Allow us to break down that number for you:
1.5 billion map changes per month = 49.3 million changes per day = 2.1 million changes per hour = 570 changes per second
That’s right! On an average, TomTom Maps database is ingesting 570 changes every single second. These changes include everything from geometry and road features to new points of interest, altered road junctions or new addresses. And the best part? Every change carries TomTom’s stamp of quality guarantee.
In a blog post, Andy Marchant, Head of Product Marketing at TomTom Maps, describes how using a combination of automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence has brought the company closer to its vision of producing real-time maps – that too in 2.5 times less cost than before.
“We optimize professional mapmaking techniques with the use of community input from hundreds of millions of map users worldwide and of GPS probe data from hundreds of millions of connected devices. We use all of this intelligence to efficiently tap into local teams of map technicians and mobile mapping vans,” Andy says. “Via TomTom’s state-of-the-art transactional map production platform, with continuous integration, we can achieve short cycle times between detecting changes in the real world and updating the map with guaranteed quality levels.”
For TomTom, this level of scalability means it would soon be able to achieve any level of detail in both its navigation map and high-definition maps for autonomous vehicles. Exciting times ahead, for sure!