TomTom’s New Facility in Pune Aims to Fuel Innovation in Company

TomTom, a global provider of navigation devices, opened its first global innovation hub in Pune, which the company said, will be open to all India employees to enable them to upgrade their skills, innovate and think like entrepreneurs.

The facility is segregated into three sections: The Demonstration area is made visually appealing with videos and will offer hands-on product experience, the Experimentation area will house TomTom and other technology products for reverse engineering, and the Break-Out Room will provide the right atmosphere to cultivate new ideas.

The centre will give employees a “platform to develop new software, technology, applications, services and futuristic consumer products in the wearables, mapmaking, and data services space,” said Barbara Belpaire, General Manager – India, TomTom and head of the Innovation Hub.

The next step for TomTom in India is to partner with top technical universities and tech startups to innovate jointly, the company said.