Mac4Ever managed to get a hold of Yann Lafargue, TomTom’s public relations manager, and received confirmation that the upcoming Car Kit will be compatible with the iPod touch and will also support third party GPS navigation applications.
It will work with the iPod touch and will also work with third-party GPS applications.
When the Car Kit was originally announced back at WWDC TomTom announced that the Car Kit would enhance the iPhones GPS accuracy, this made many (including myself) assume that the mount actually had a GPS chip in it, this has now been confirmed. And presumably, if the iPod touch is capable of using the navigation software with the Car Kit there doesn’t seem to be any reason why the first generation iPhone can’t.
The ability for third-party navigation applications to use the Car Kit to enhance their accuracy is very good for consumers. If you purchase the Car Kit and eventually decide that you want to try out another piece of navigation software you won’t feel locked in because of all the money you spent, the hardware is still useful to you.
Lafarque wasn’t able to shed light on the actually release date of the Car Kit but the release of the TomTom application itself alongside TomTom’s September 22 event leads me to believe the Car Kit is coming very soon.
8/16/09: TomTom Apps Show Up in the App Store
8/12/09: TomTom for iPhone May Have September 22 Release Date
6/9/09: WWDC Keynote 2009
5/9/09: TomTom Rumored to be Hiring an iPhone Developer for Navigation App
Update 9/5/09: TomTom Car Kit Coming in October
Update 9/26/09: TomTom Car Kit Will Not Include App