TomTom iPhone Navigation Software Was A Hoax

We had an article earlier this week about TomTom having turn-by-turn navigation software ready to go for the iPhone 3G…

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While TomTom might actually indeed release such a software in the future, this particular screenshot is digitally altered (fake).

..and turns out, it wasn’t true. The TomTom story spread all over the web – tech sites, tech blogs, forums, news sites, and every iPhone blog out there.

A TomTom spokesperson announced today: "We haven’t officially announced anything, we’re just commenting to the press on a reactive not proactive basis."

In other words, they do intend to create the software, but nothing is official, and no screenshot was ever released.

Hmm, perhaps they ran into some problems because of the new note in the SDK Beta 7:

"Applications may not be designed or marketed for real time route guidance; automatic or autonomous control of vehicles, aircraft, or other mechanical devices, dispatch or fleet management; or emergency or live-saving purposes." – Apple

It would be a shame if Apple didn’t let TomTom know of this policy before they developed the software.

The fact remains that TomTom is open to developing for the iPhone, which is a good move business-wise. While other navigation systems could lose out to the iPhone 3G, TomTom wants to embrace the smartphone.

You know what they say…When you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

[via Yahoo News]