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TomTom has announced that its changes to its digital maps are now at the level of 1.5 billion updates per month – an average of over 520 updates per second, including altered road junctions, new addresses, geometry and road features. This is said to represent updates to 1.32 million kilometres of roads, 5.9 million points of interest, and 2.6 million address points, which enhances routing and geocoding accuracy.

These updates come from a combination of community input, mobile mapping machines, local technicians and GPS probe data from around 550 million connected devices. TomTom’s platform uses machine learning and artificial intelligence for continuous integration, speeding up the changes for both its standard navigation maps (as supplied for satellite navigation and GPS systems) and its high definition (HD) maps for autonomous vehicles.

TomTom board member Alain De Taeye said in a statement: “The time between a change happening in the real world and this change being reflected in our map is now much shorter than ever before… To shape the future of mobility, 1.5 billion changes to our maps in a single month proves the scalability of our unique production platform and brings us a step closer to real-time maps.”

-Farah Alkhalisi