As automation improves, Mapmaker TomTom to sack 10% staff

TomTom, a Dutch navigation and digital mapping business, announced on Wednesday that it will cut almost a tenth of its global personnel as it expands its automated mapmaking capabilities.

“Unfortunately,” it added in a statement, “this will have an intended impact on around 500 employees in our Maps section.” “The entire financial impact of the Maps unit’s reset is now being assessed.”

Higher levels of automation, according to CEO Harold Goddijn, would enable it to generate better, broader maps, allowing it to reach a bigger market across its automobile and tech customers.

TomTom, whose clients include Volkswagen, Renault, and Microsoft, has been impacted by long-term supply chain bottlenecks that have prompted manufacturers throughout the world to reduce output.

In April, the business reiterated its cash and sales predictions, saying it had observed little immediate consequences from Russia’s war in Ukraine since several carmakers’ and suppliers’ plants in the nation remained operational.

TomTom said it will offer an update on July 15 when it releases its quarterly financial results.

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