[OSM-dev] Anyone with an idea to import OSM maps into a TomTom (Rider)? Isle of Man especially!

Robert (Jamie) Munro rjmunro at arjam.net
Thu Apr 12 00:00:44 BST 2007

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Ulf Lamping wrote:
> Thanks for your answer, I had assumed that that's the state :-(
>> The TomTom map format is unexplored, and pretty unexploreable.
> For a real man, there's no such thing as an unexplorable file format ;-)))
> However, agreed that it will be pretty difficult to hack, and I'm not very experienced in doing so :-(

It is one of TomTom's most highly guarded secrets. It is both a good
format for display, routing etc. and DRMed.

>> TomToms, however, are just linux boxes. There is a group called opentom
>> who are working on porting various things to them. They haven't got very
>> far, though.
>> See:
>> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/TomTom
> Yes, I've added the hints about mapping with tripmaster on it recently ;-)
>> http://www.opentom.org/
> I've noticed their project, but first wanted to ask here.

The project is a bit dead.

> Maybe they know a bit more about the map format, however, there's nothing about it on their wiki.

I think the best approach is to port the "familiar" distribution
(http://familiar.handhelds.org/) to TomTom hardware (giving us lots of
PDA features, and association with an active project), then write our
own map display based on Mapnik and routing based on
http://www.scottwaye.com/linuxbmw/satnav/ (probably
after porting to something other than Ingres).

It would be nice to try porting PostGIS to embedded hardware.

Robert (Jamie) Munro
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