UPDATE: I’ve added the above image, plus several screen shots at the end of this post.
The US will finally get the new TomTom GO series, perhaps within a year of when they were announced for Europe. The company still hasn’t released model numbers, saying “more details, pricing and availability will be announced closer to the launch date late Q1 2014.”
The announcement coincides with the Consumer Electronics Show, but in a further sign of TomTom’s retreat from the US market, they won’t even have their own booth at the massive trade show: “The new TomTom GO range will be showcased in their distributor, Wynit’s booth.”
Enough complaints! What about features? The company is calling the new GO range traffic-centric, with traffic data delivered via a new TomTom MyDrive mobile app (iPhone and Android compatible), using your own data plan. They promise “to deliver accurate traffic information, with precision as close as 30 feet, every two minutes.” Here’s a few more notable features:
- Jam Ahead Warning: The risk of accidents from sudden breaking when drivers approach the back of a slow-moving traffic jam is well recognized. TomTom uses its unrivalled ability to pinpoint the back of the traffic jam and the speed of the traffic to provide an extra alert.
- Road Closure Detection: The automatic detection of road closures is now extended and includes major secondary roads as well as highways. This improves the accuracy of routing and helps road users save time and fuel from unexpected diversions.
- Road Works Detection: accurately detects road work on highways, enabling drivers to adapt their journeys to avoid delays or adjust their trip times.
Despite the slow speed at which these units are coming to our shores, they are likely to be embraced by quite a few road warriors, many of whom find TomTom’s traffic info superior to that of other providers.
Here’s the full news release.