We're not entirely sure what TomTom has up its sleeve here, but the European Patent Office has peeled back a few details on one of the company's endeavors, revealing a patent application that describes a GPS unit bolstered by live video feeds. As you can see, the system would superimpose directions on top of actual images of your surroundings, which could go a long way to preventing some of the GPS-related incidents we've seen over the years. From the looks of it, however, the system would only make use of a camera in your own vehicle, not ones sprawled across the countryside, reducing the potential benefits somewhat but likely making it much closer to reality.

[Via Pocketinfo.nl]

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TomTom patent reveals camera-based GPS unit