Dutch navigator TomTom inks deal for maps for Uber
Dutch vehicle navigations systems maker TomTom said Thursday it has inked a deal with Uber to supply the US ride-sharing service's drivers with maps in more than 300 cities globally.
"TomTom has signed a global, multi-year agreement to provide maps and traffic data for the Uber driver app," the Amsterdam-based TomTom said in a statement.
It did not put a price on the deal.
"We are excited to provide Uber with our best-in-class location data," TomTom's managing director of map and licensing Charles Cautley said.
Once users have an account, they can call an Uber car with a couple of swipes on their smartphone, instead of having to book a taxi or waiting on a street corner waving their arm.
But despite Uber's popularity, the ride-sharing application has been facing a crackdown by many governments and protests by angry taxi drivers, who say Uber should be regulated the same way as normal cabs.
Today, Uber is Silicon Valley's most visible startup with a market value of $50 billion. It is present in 340 cities with three million trips taken daily, according to the company's latest figures.
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