TomTom does the dream-job-onna-island bit
Sun, sea, sand ... and satnav
Yet another competition for a dream job on a tropical island has sprung up: now satnav biz TomTom is offering two weeks of mapping and holidaying to five groups of five people this summer.
The Map Paradise Project will send the winning teams on an all-expenses-paid holiday to Fiji, St Lucia, Mauritius, Cape Verde and the Seychelles. Each group will earn £10,000, provided that in between a fortnight of sunbathing and swimming, they drive round their island in a car fitted with gear to chart the road networks.
TomTom doesn't need the applicants to have any mapping experience, although it does mention that a good sense of direction would be handy. The firm claims the actual mapping bit of the holiday should only take one full day or it can take the whole two weeks if the group wants to spread it out.
Giving people the chance to live and work on a tropical island is a great piece of marketing, as evidenced by the huge response to "the best job in the world" competition a couple of years ago in which people applied to be caretaker of Hamilton Island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef for six months.
TomTom reckons its paradise island competition will produce five new navigable maps and "also give people a unique insight into how our maps are made". What it'll actually do is give 25 people a free trip, a sun tan, ten grand and a warm fuzzy feeling when they think of TomTom. ®
No need to apply, position's closed, it was an administrative error.
Now where did i put that factor 25?
The "but first" thread
Cute for marketing, but it would be so nice if TomTom started to address a couple of serious problems first. I'll start the thread, I'm sure it will be a lot longer by the evening..
- fix the infernal "you must U-turn" problem: the closer you get the higher the likelihood it loses the plot (especially in cities) and tells you to U-turn
- force every single UI developer to use the UI themselves, so it needs less interaction when you're supposed to have your eyes on the road
- lose the (a)social media crap in the menu or make it possible to kill it off - this too is visual clutter
On the plus side, the HD traffic service really works (it's up to drivers to realise that snowy conditions may mean that a diversion to a B road may not always be helpful). But I cannot see that problem occur on a tropical island :-).
Any more "but first "(or, for those reversing, butt first)?
About Pitcairn, or Easter Island?
Even better, Gigha?