You can kiss goodbye to out of date sat-nav software, if you're a TomTom owner. The company has today confirmed it is enabling all its portable navigation devices to receive free daily map changes via its Map Share community.
From now on, you'll be able to keep your TomTom sat-nav up to date by modifying map data on the fly. You can change street names, speed limits, blocked roads and the direction in which traffic flows directly on the device itself. You can then keep this updated information for yourself or share it with other TomTom customers via Map Share.
If you can't be bothered to update the sat-nav, you can rely on the rest of the Map Share community to do the legwork for you and download updated maps whenever you so desire.
"Roads change all the time. Overnight, roads can close or traffic can be diverted,having a big impact on people’s journey times." says Corinne Vigreux, TomTom’s Managing Director. "With Map Share, drivers can update their own map themselves straightaway. Plus, we have an active community of drivers who share around 250,000 road changes with TomTom and each other every month. We are pleased to expand our community, because the more people who use Map Share the greater the navigation experience for all our customers."
This does, of course, raise the question of how reliable, or even malicious, the community is. Fortunately, TomTom has an editorial team that checks every map correction that is uploaded for sharing and only adds changes that are added by 'more than a set number of people'.