iOS 6 maps traffic data is based on TomTom HD Traffic source

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by AndresHD, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. AndresHD macrumors newbie

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    I was wondering what was the source behind iOS 6 maps traffic data, some people said it was from Waze but its not... its based on the new TomTom HD Traffic from TomTom tecnology.

    Here's a screenshot comparing cupertino city´s traffic on iOS 6 and TomTom HD Traffic:

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    And here's one from iOS 6 Maps:

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    Note the lines are in the same place as TomTom HD Traffic... What you think?
     
  2. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030

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    I thought it was well known that apple sourced a lot of map info from TomTom
     
  3. TexasChemE macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I thought.

    Sorry OP, not a very profound discovery
     
  4. AndresHD thread starter macrumors newbie

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    lol all of people says was speculation about the source of traffic data... I just did some proves to clarify that... In some sites it says the data came from Waze traffic.
     
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  6. AndresHD thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah i know that but it says: "TomTom has signed a global agreement with Apple® for maps and related information. No further details of the agreement will be provided." they are not specifying what TomTom services are on the Apple Maps it could be the turn by turn navigation or even the mapping data, we don't know what services from TomTom are on the Apple Maps.
     
  7. virginblue4 macrumors 68000

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    I thought the traffic info was based on real time iOS users? I thought that's what Apple said at the keynote?
     
  8. DodgeV83 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes! I was hoping for this!!

    TomTom HD Traffic is by far the best in the business. I've tried them all and TomTom is the only one I trust. I suspect they are about to get a few million more mobile data points :D

    Thanks for the find AndresHD!
     
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    I'm pretty excited about this, too. :) The TomTom app is the only one I use from the App Store. I just hope the Apple Maps will have an option to download full maps so a cellular connection isn't required.
     
  11. petrucci666 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, whatever. You posted old news, big deal.
     
  12. AndresHD thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm not trying to be the hero here or the discover man I just wanted to inform about that cuz I know they are some people who don't know about this like the guys above no offense
     
  13. vertigo235 macrumors 6502

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    As already stated, tomtom's traffic is really good.

    Hopefully this means it will be even better as ios 6 users start firing up the maps app in the coming months too.
     
  14. Vundu macrumors 65816

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    How would iOS users report it?
     
  15. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030

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    This. They definitely said it at the keynote.
     
  16. Sh4wN macrumors regular

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    Yeah, well it is. Every decent traffic data is crowd-sourced. TomTom uses location data of mobile phones to create their traffic data (not only iPhones but other phones from certain cellular providers as well). That pretty much is, what Apple meant at the keynote.
     
  17. virginblue4 macrumors 68000

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    Just watched that part of the keynote again and they said in addition to other data sources they are using real time crowd sourced data from iOS users. That clears it up. Thanks :)
     
  18. Djs621 macrumors regular

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    They take anonymous travel data from ios users.. So if a certain number of IOS Users are traveling at 10mph on a road they know that their is a traffic problem in that area.
     
  19. Sh4wN macrumors regular

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    As i already said, not only iOS users but other phones as well. Vodafone (Germany and UK) for example provides TomTom with anonymous data of all phones registered to any of their cell towers.
     
  20. Brazuca macrumors regular

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    So how exactly does this work? The phone has to be in some navigation mode? Or is it on all the time?
     
  21. hreyhrey macrumors member

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    tomtom gps's have speed limit on most roads though and ios ones dont!!
     
  22. nickharris1992 macrumors member

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    I think apple is saving a little bit of maps for the September 12 keynote.
     
  23. Comeagain? macrumors 68020

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    Apple collects traffic data. This doesn't mean it is for TomTom.

    And, TomTom isn't the only source.
     
  24. el3ktro macrumors regular

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    The mobile provider can see in which mobile network cells all the phones are currently registered, and when a phone hops from one cell to the other, they have an approximate speed of the movement of that cellphone.
     
  25. jeffe macrumors 6502a

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    Leave wifi on and apple can just scan how quickly you're passing by wifi access points.
     

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