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TomTom, the Dutch manufacturer of automotive navigation systems today announced the forthcoming availability of its local search engine Tomtom Places in 25 countries by the end of the year.

TomTom Places is available online, on mobile as a free app for Android or iPhone, and integrated into TomTom navigation devices and in-dash navigation systems. Beyond the search, it lets users call or directly plan a route to the place they have found, taking into account the latest real time traffic reports from TomTom HD Traffic.

The local search engine is now available in ten European countries, and includes more than 26 million Points of Interest such as restaurants, cinemas, etc.

The announcement comes shortly after Apple announced that TomTom will supply the tech giant with “maps and related information”.

“The deal between TomTom and Apple is a big boost for TomTom given its ambitions,” SNS Securities said in a research note.

TomTom has performed poorly in comparison to larger competitor Garmin, and in April reported a 1.5 million euros ($A1.91 million) first-quarter loss, with sales down 12 per cent to 233 million euros.