TomTom loses out to Google on car deals

Most of the website’s readership are probably not familiar with TomTom, a digital mapping company that essentially owned the personal navigation device market before Google and Apple hit the scene. Don’t bother looking up more information about the company because, by the looks of things, its going to quickly fade into obscurity.

Google just announced a deal with Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi indicating that it will be the built-in operating system of choice for all their cars’ navigation and entertainment systems starting in 2021. That’s right Android-haters, if you don’t want to get sucked into the Google ecosystem, you better start looking at Toyota cars.

With this news, we can guarantee you one thing: if you buy a Renault, Nissan, or Mitsubishi after 2021, good luck figuring out which iteration of Android its running. Ice Cream? Vanilla Mocha chino? Cucumber Salad? Who knows?

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