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TomTom has announced plans to incorporate Google Maps into its sat nav hardware.

The idea is to let users plan, say, a long trip to visit the mother-in-law on their PC using Google Maps, building in stops for points of interest or petrol stations along the way.


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The result is a route saved in a format TomTom's PC-based Home software understands, allowing it to be sent from there to the sat nav hardware.

Users will be able to view the locations on their TomTom box, provided they’ve bought maps for for the right country, and save it as a favourite location too.

TomTom’s not yet said when or where it will officially launch the service.

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