RIM turns to TomTom for BlackBerry 10 mapping
RIM’s new BlackBerry 10 platform definitely looks good and several companies are eager to get on board with RIM’s latest creation. The most recent company to be revealed as working with RIM on the new platform is TomTom, a global household name in navigation. TomTom and RIM will work on bringing the former’s real-time traffic data to BlackBerry Traffic, one of RIM’s new BB10 services.
RIM is hoping to use BlackBerry Traffic to reduce commute times and the partnership with TomTom could even see user commutes reduced by up to 50 minutes per week. TomTom’s map and location data will be available to use for users through BlackBerry Maps, whilst for developers, an API will be available throughout BlackBerry 10 to query map and location information.
RIM’s new BlackBerry 10 platform is really a last chance saloon for the company and every mainstream platform needs a solid navigation solution; if the implementation is right, the company’s new platform could definitely take a big step in the right direction.