TomTom is announcing two new products today — the TomTom GO 730 and 930.
The new x30 series incorporates a couple of new features — lane separation / complex junction details being one, but perhaps most exciting is the integration of historical average speed data for improved routing.
NOTE: Originally this post mentioned two other models that would include a traffic receiver, a 730T and 930T. I’ve been told now that those models have not been announced. It would not surprise me to see them at some point in the future though. Who knows, maybe they changed their mind because they are getting close to bring high-definition (HD) traffic to the U.S.
TomTom IQ routesTM
TomTom is referring to their new routing as IQ RoutesTM. The data comes from MapShare users, not the TeleAtlas database. MapShare users can opt in and elect to share anonymized speed data. If you have “fastest” selected as your routing preference, the new TomTom units will use this data to calculate the quickest route based on historical average speeds rather than the posted speed limit, taking into account whether it is a weekday or weekend. This just begins to give us a glimpse of what is possible with MapShare.
Lane separation and complex junction details
This feature will display the number of lanes and their direction, lane dividers, and the lane to follow, as shown in the detail below.
At complex junctions, the new TomToms will display an image similar to Navigon’s Reality ViewTM. As shown in the PR image below, it will feature an image of the junction/exit, signage, and a 3D arrow showing the lane to follow, in addition to the lane information discussed above.
TomTom GO 930/930T extras
The TomTom GO 730 and 930 series include the same feature set except for these upgrades on the 930:
- European maps are also included
- Enhanced Position Technology (this is a sort of dead reckoning to maintain accurate positioning information when satellite lock is lost)
- Remote control
Voice address input
Availability and pricing
TomTom expects these units to be available on April 29, 2008. Gotta love that specificity. Pricing seems fairly aggressive, especially once vendors start discounting the units:
- TomTom GO 730 – $449
- TomTom GO 930 – $499