» TomTom to get valuable data from Highways Agency for consumers

Satellite navigation system giant TomTom is to be fed important traffic updates direct from the Highways Agency, which will keep road users better informed.

It has been reported that the satellite navigation giant TomTom is to be fed information from the Highways Agency which will then allow consumers to get access to valuable road traffic information when they are on the road. The up to date information will come from all major roads and motorways across England and will keep road users far better informed whilst they are out and about.

With many families set to head off on various trips over the summer months it is thought that this information will prove highly beneficial. The roads minister Mike Penning said: “Through our national traffic control centre, we source up to the minute traffic data from the motorways and other major roads we manage, and we want to get that information out to road users where and when they need it most. This agreement between the Highways Agency and TomTom is a good example of public and private sectors working together to assist road users and exploit today’s technology.”

He added: “We work with third party organisations to get our information to as wide an audience as possible. We have also shared our information with GoogleMapsTM and the BBC who provide our traffic camera images so road users can check on the internet before they leave. We look forward to working with other partners in the future.”

TomTom is said to be the only sat nav company to partner with the Highways Agency so far but the agency said that it is currently in discussions with another provider.

Source - Public Service