TomTom opens new Polish engineering hub


Netherlands-based mapping, navigation and traffic information provider TomTom has announced the official opening of its brand new office in the Polish city of ?ód?, to accommodate its growing engineering unit.

The new office will be a strategic map making and location technology engineering hub for TomTom globally, with a lot of the development work focusing on systems for connected and autonomous vehicles. The official opening took place at the new office building Agraf B, located on the Stefan ?eromski 94c Street. The event was attended by the city authorities, media and TomTom employees, who had the opportunity to learn more about the technology and products that are being developed by the company’s engineers in ?ód?. The opening of the new office signifies the importance of the growing Polish engineering site to TomTom, which is at the forefront of developing the technology needed to make smarter cities and autonomous driving a reality.

The ?ód? team, working closely together with other TomTom engineering hubs globally, produces technology for gathering sensor data for map production, automated tools to process the data, and the company’s proprietary transactional map database production platform. The teams in ?ód? work on location-based services, navigation, and some important components for autonomous driving, such as the RoadDNA and HD Map systems, and has recently created the new TomTom City portal that provides real-time traffic information for over 100 cities worldwide. The company’s team in ?ód? consists of highly qualified engineers, developers, and coders, with a variety of backgrounds in subjects such as information technology, geodesy and linguistics.

The main activities in ?ód? are the development of new navigation software, and the development of information technology for map production. The teams based at the new office work with complex big data sets, as well as the development of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and the automation of information processing and software production. The working environment in TomTom ?ód? is multicultural, with 700 people in total currently employed, including specialists not only from Poland, but also from Ukraine, Portugal and the USA, focused on creating the technologies of the future.

“Our company offers unique opportunities. We have an open and innovative culture. Our employees are empowered to create original technological solutions, by cooperating and competing with the best specialists in the world,” said Krzysztof Miksa, engineering director for TomTom Poland.

“We are working on solutions which will be widely used in the future. We create software and technologies for autonomous vehicles and smarter cities. If a person is looking for an employer that focuses on creativity and enables continuous development, TomTom ?ód? is the right choice.”

Alain De Taeye, member of the TomTom management board, added, “Today’s opening of the new office in ?ód? is a clear indication of how important this engineering hub is for TomTom. We believe that our new office will inspire our experts even more to expand their fantastic work, developing technology and location based services, crucial to map making, navigation and autonomous driving.”

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