In a bid to ramp up the competition with Garmin, TomTom has released the TomTom GO 500, the newest in the popular GO series, which features both lifetime map updates and lifetime traffic updates. The TomTom GO is the only navigation device that allows you to start navigating with two taps, and is also optimized for voice navigation, allowing you set your destination hands-free. The device also features a 3D interactive map with a touchscreen interface that looks a lot like a smartphone, alternative route planning to help you avoid traffic and allows users to change their route easily, and warns of traffic jams ahead of time.
TomTom Traffic is run through a TomTom MyDrive app on your smartphone and uses data. However, in a press release, TomTom Traffic said it covers 99% of all roads and crowd sources real-time data from over 150 million vehicles and devices in the US to give accurate realtime traffic updates. It pinpoints exactly where the delays start and end, tells you how fast the traffic is moving and how long the delays are likely to last. TomTom then chooses the fastest route through traffic, using all roads–not just the main roads as many other GPS competitors do.
We received at TomTom Go 500 today in the mail and will have a review posted soon, so be sure to check back!