Renault finds its way with TomTom

A mass-market GPS navigation partnership between Renault and TomTom is being billed to produce an affordable and fully-integrated system by the first half of next year.

Renault was the first car manufacturer to offer such systems with the first test drives in Europe in 1994 with Carminat navigation on the Safrane.

Patrick Pelata, executive vice president and leader of the Europe Management Committee at Renault, said: "Renault is partnering with TomTom to provide an up-to-date, fully integrated navigation system for approximately 500 euros.

"Working with a navigation provider will improve Renault's flexibility and time to market while ensuring, through full integration in the car, good ergonomics, quality, safety and reliability.

"Renault's customers will find even more added value in our future product offerings thanks to this breakthrough."

TomTom boss Harold Goddijn said: "This means that a far broader audience can benefit from our easy-to-use navigation solution offering the best maps, routing and traffic.

"We created the in-car navigation category as it's known, and have become the number-one brand of choice by identifying and delivering what customers want, and look forward to, in navigation."

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