UPDATE: It looks like they’ve changed the model number on this one from the 2505 M LIVE to the 2535 M LIVE.
UPDATE 2: Read my hands on review of the TomTom GO 2535M LIVE.
TomTom is finally bringing HD Traffic to the US with the TomTom GO 2505 M LIVE. The company claims this is a killer app, a game changer. Why? They say that three things make it better than current live traffic options:
- More accurate reporting of actual jams, reducing the frequency of false positives and false negatives; they say it is twice as accurate as other systems (80% for HD Traffic vs. 40% for others)
- Coverage – While TMC has six million miles of road coverage, Tom Tom says they have 12 times as much, translating into more secondary and tertiary coverage for intelligent routing around jams
- Frequency of updates – Every two minutes vs. 15 minutes for alternative live traffic reporting
The model that will feature all this road warrior goodness is the TomTom GO 2505M LIVE. It’s built on the same hardware platform as the TomTom GO 2505TM, and shares that device’s 5” capacitive touchscreen, new interface and magnetic mount. Connected LIVE services such as Google Local search will be provided by AT&T, with a free initial trial, the length of which has not been announced. Lifetime maps updates are included as well. The 2505 M LIVE is expected to be available late spring for a MSRP of $349.
Here’s the full news release.