[OSM-dev] TomTom map format

Stefan de Konink stefan at konink.de
Wed Dec 31 14:53:36 GMT 2008

Florian Lohoff wrote:
> How bad it goes when designing Hardware - Look at the OpenMoko project
> and you want to run away ... Bugs like not beeing able to power on 
> the device after the batterie runs empty are inexcusable.
> Chossing a Display/FB Hardware where afterwards no specs are available 
> for acceleration.

There are some nice Taiwanese ODM's that are still looking for work. 
Getting a design, robust software and a VC-money are key components. 
Hardware reference design is done by people that know how to do it. It 
doesn't have to be 'openhardware' to be accepted. Flashing a TomTom with 
OSM software (for me) seems a far better solution. Just because that 
would actually help other manufacturers to use our software on their 

So nothing bad about hacking, just about targetting one application vs 
all applications.

>>> TomTom has done a great job in providing navigational software with 
>>> an exceptionally good usability. The Hardware is robust and well thought
>>> about. Its no wonder they are the most sold device in Germany.
>> ...and they want to keep their map format extremely closed. Even if they 
>> are the number one player. Maybe Neelie Kroes can maken TomTom give 
>> their specs too :)
> Its a closed product and only designed for beeing used in a very strict
> environment. These dicisions are natural imho.
> Now we need to get over it ...

True ;) And just do hacking... thats what we are good at.


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