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Smart cities to leverage connected car ‘data probes’

In the smart city, the car will become the eyes and ears of traffic authorities, learns Freddie Holmes

As a mapping and navigation expert, TomTom is not the first brand that comes to mind when thinking of a smart city, but its technology is fitted across hundreds of thousands of vehicles, feeding back valuable data for city transport authorities.

The company is strengthening its relationship with cities as they look to renovate – and in some cases innovate – new ways of managing traffic flow, but Nick Cohn, Senior Traffic Expert at TomTom, is wary of using the term ‘smart city’. As he puts it

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