The leader in GPS navigator maker, TomTom has launched its OpenLR which will facilitate new business opportunities in various areas of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) such as traffic information services, map content exchange and Cooperative Systems where precise and compact dynamic location information is important. The OpenLR has been designed for traffic information systems and dynamic route guidance. The location data may refer to the static road sign information, weather, safety-critical information and etc.


“This technological development is being introduced to the open source community to assist in delivering location based services to customers,” said by Mark Gretton, TomTom’s Director of Product Engineering. “TomTom will use this technology for its own services too, allowing us to transmit content like HD Traffic to connected devices and improve service quality and coverage.”

Key features of the OpenLR includes the following:

  • An open and royalty-free industry standard.
  • Open Source Model based on GPLv2 and the extra conditions for OpenLR.
  • OpenLR Trade Mark available to use free of charge with the technology.
  • A map-agnostic dynamic location referencing method.
  • Applicable to the full road network, including secondary and urban roads.
  • Compact and bandwidth efficient data transmission

The OpenLR is available as royalty-free technology and open Industry Standard. To encourage further development and maintenance of the OpenLR, TomTom is inviting developers in the ITS industry to continue enhance it. However, TomTom is expected will reveal more about OpenLR at the ITS World Congress which start on September 21.