Mapping specialist TomTom has announced that the TomTom Online Routing API has driven the navigation capabilities of the Sony Future Lab Program N device. The program has been initially focused on beta testing the device for bike users traveling in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Future Lab Program N device features an ‘ears open and hands free’ voice interaction system, and relies on TomTom‘s advanced routing technology to provide guidance.
“Working with global technology leaders and cutting edge technologies such as those offered by Sony’s Future Lab Program, TomTom is transforming mobility across the world,” said Anders Truelsen, Managing Director of TomTom’s Licensing Business. “With TomTom’s advanced location-aware technology, Future Lab Program N device users are able to experience more accurate, efficient and enjoyable bike travel.”
From cloud to mobility, analytics and smart cities, TomTom Maps is ‘on a mission to harness location data to empower businesses around the world to create groundbreaking, location-aware technologies.’ Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Amsterdam, TomTom has more than 4,700 employees worldwide.
TomTom Maps is a leading global provider of maps and traffic data and online APIs across a multitude of industries. With an ever-growing 19 trillion location data points collected from a community of over 550 million connected devices, TomTom Maps is on a mission to help businesses and governments around the world ‘create ground breaking, location-aware technologies’.
The ‘Future Lab Program’ from Sony embraces an approach to technological research and development that emphasizes an open creative environment and direct lines of communication with society, through which it aims to co-create new lifestyles and user value in the future. ‘N’ is a concept prototype featuring a voice interaction system. With ears open, hands free, and eyes no longer distracted by mobile displays, users can ‘enjoy music and get up-to-the-minute information on demand, promoting a more agreeable active lifestyle.’