TomTom launches tools for electric vehicles

TomTom has launched two new application program interfaces (APIs) for developers to help build applications for electric mobility.

On 20 August, it announced that it was launching the TomTom Long Distance EV Routing API and the TomTom EV Charging Stations Availability API in a bid to beat range anxiety. The former will allow users to route from A to B, with it including stops to charge along with an arrival time that considers charging time. The latter provides users with information on the availability of charging stations per plug type. This will ensure drivers know before arrival if a charging point is available to them or not.

The announcement comes as Sanctus Media launched the WattsUp app for Android and iOS devices in a related development, enabling drivers to locate rapid EV charge points across the UK in real-time. Backed by funding of £36,000 under SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund, it has UK-wide coverage and includes live updates.

Anders Truelsen, Managing Director of TomTom Enterprise, said: “The future of mobility is connected, shared, automated and definitely electric. This electric revolution poses new challenges like range anxiety which require a new generation of location technology. TomTom offers developers the perfect toolkit to create innovative and useful location-based services for electric vehicle drivers that will help lift the practical and psychological barriers to wide-scale EV adoption, helping to work towards a world free of emissions.”

TomTom   Fleet World