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Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Amsterdam, the company currently has 4,000 employees worldwide and sells products in over 41 countries.
Tom Tom was originally named Palmtop Software, founded by Peter-Frans Pauwels, Pieter Geelen, Harold Goddijn and Corinne Vigreux.
In 2008, Tom Tom acquired Tele Atlas, a digital map maker, for €2.9 billion.
On 11 June 2012, at an event for Apple's i OS 6 preview, Tom Tom was announced as the main mapping data provider for Apple's revamped i OS 6 "Maps" app, replacing Google Maps.
Late 2015, Tom Tom extended its deal with Apple and signed a new contract with international transportation network company Uber.
The Uber driver app now uses Tom Tom maps and traffic data in 300 cities worldwide.The company was founded in 1991 and, until 1996, developed business-to-business applications such as meter reading and bar-code reading.Subsequently, the company moved its focus to PDA software for the consumer market.Early mapping software included En Route, Citymaps and Routeplanner. The company released its first navigator product, Tom Tom Navigator, in 2002, for Windows CE-powered PDAs, bundled with car cradle and GPS receiver.Version 2 of Navigator was released in 2003, followed in March 2004 by Tom Tom Navigator 3 for Windows CE, with live traffic data available on subscription, downloaded over the phone/PDA's data connection.In January 2004 Tom Tom Navigator for Palm OS was released, using Nav Core, a cross-platform navigation engine still used as of 2015 and by year-end generated 60% of the company's revenue.