• Mar 24th 2011 at 9:01AM
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TomTom is giving developers a big gift at the CTIA wireless show in Orlando, Florida. The navigation company will begin providing access to its speed camera database, allowing devs to incorporate the location of speed traps into their own smartphone applications.

TomTom claims it has more than 50,000 speed cameras in its ever-expanding database, covering some 34 countries, including the U.S. The goal is to allow developers to tap into the fixed speed, red light, average speed and toll road cameras, enabling motorists to avoid the fuzz throughout the world. And with developers gaining access to the database, it's not hard to imagine major automakers incorporating the data into their own in-dash navigation systems.

TomTom will be rolling out the API in the coming months and you can get all the details in the press blast after the jump.
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TomTom Offers First Speed Cameras Product For Licensing Partners

CTIA WIRELESS 2011 -- ORLANDO, Fla.--TomTom, the world's leading provider of location and navigation products and services, today launches its Speed Cameras product. This new product will provide developers with access to TomTom's proprietary database of more than 50,000 warnings in 34 countries around the globe.

"The release of this new product demonstrates TomTom's commitment to enhancing the driver experience with innovative location content and services."
The Speed Cameras product is designed to enable warnings for drivers when they approach cameras that enforce traffic laws, helping them drive more safely and avoid fines. Speed Cameras also makes navigation content more relevant and useful even when the driver is travelling in familiar areas.

"With Speed Cameras, TomTom's licensing partners can add more valuable content to their applications and gain access to potential revenue streams from a new service," says Maarten van Gool, Managing Director of TomTom Licensing. "The release of this new product demonstrates TomTom's commitment to enhancing the driver experience with innovative location content and services."

The Speed Cameras product offers the most complete range of speed camera warnings, including fixed speed1, red light2, average speed3, toll road and restricted area cameras. Using input provided by TomTom's global community of navigation users, the product also provides warnings not readily available from most content providers, such as black spots4 and mobile camera hotspots indicating locations where mobile cameras are frequently found.

TomTom builds its Speed Cameras database from multiple sources, including extensive field work and verified enhancements from its user community. The database is updated continuously to reflect changes in the real world and represents the widest coverage of the freshest data. TomTom will deliver the Speed Cameras product to its industry partners twice per week, making it the most competitive product in the market and helping to ensure our partners deliver the freshest content to the end users of their applications.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I find this a little hard to believe... especially considering the post on here the other day about the senate trying to ban software showing DUI check points on smartphones.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What is so hard to believe? It's not illegal to know where speed cameras are located. This is Tom-Tom finding a new revenue stream by licensing its info to other companies.

        Speed cameras are a permanent fixed traffic control device, much like stop signs, traffic lights or speed limit signs. They really don't compare to DUI check points.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The reason we have speed limits is to save lives. This is wrong.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, the reason we have speed limits is to create revenue for local and/or state governments.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That may be the rationale given, but you'd be hard-pressed to support that opinion with any facts. Besides, using your theory, wouldn't warning drivers about a nearby speed trap compel them to slow down thus making the roads safer?

        IMO, this TomTom add-on is no different than flashing your highbeams to warn other drivers about an upcoming speed trap. But you probably don't do that either, right?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Speed cameras aren't around to save lives, it is for revenue generation, plain and simple.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Letting people know where speed traps are would just make them slow down. The only thing it will do is deprive revenue for the police. Now police would have you believe that they don't want people to speed but if you cut out the funds from all the tickets...look out. I know a town locally that tickets keep the office in business. on any given day traffic court is full with 150-500 dollar fines. They give tickets for things like having your front tire over the white line at stop signs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you really want to save lives we need to have stricter licensing regulations. There are way too many drivers who can't drive. If you get them off of the road I bet fatalities would drop even if you raised the speed limits.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wouldn't you slow down - thus saving lives - if you knew a speed camera was up ahead?
        • 4 Years Ago
        so how is this wrong? Speed camera's, red light camera's and average speed camera's are located in certain places because the intersections or stretches of roads are often times dangerous. This just helps make sure that people are driving the speed limit and not running "deep yellow" traffic lights at some of the most dangerous intersections.

        People should just obey the laws, but in the very least at least giving them a reminder to obey the laws at the most dangerous locations is a positive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't see how driving over the speed limit to trigger a camera then mailing you a ticket 3 weeks later is going to save you any lives... by your logic slowing down immediately would, which I can argue that by buying a GPS with speed camera locations, you're saving lives. (Honestly though on highways who cares? The Autobahn has no more accidents than any other highway in the world)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Heck yea. Google Maps needs to add this to their Android App
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's what trapster is for.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To add to the statements above about speed cameras and speed limits existing only to generate revenue:

      I agree 100%. The main purpose is to generate revenue. It may have the added effect of making the roads more safe but it's there to capitalize on peoples stupidity.

      If it was about safety first, local or state laws could mandate that a driver's seat belt must be fastened in order for a vehicle to start. I mean, since wearing a seat belt is pretty much a law everywhere, this would make sense right?

      For even more an extreme act, traffic lights could have a technology implemented with modern cars that as the car approaches the light, there could be a visible or audible warning that light is going to change from green to red.

      You don't see this and you will never see this because then the local or state governments would generate zero revenue. It's all about making money. So, if TomTom is giving outsiders access to their database of all the speed cameras they have stored, I'm with it 100% and would love to have an app on my phone that tracks, via GPS, my location, and alerts me to any speed cameras near by.
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