Sunday, March 18, 2012

TomTom Announces New GO Devices with Auto Updates

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TomTom has announced its next generation TomTom GO devices this month, and the company claims they are the “most advanced” devices to date. While these devices will have many of the same features as other TomToms, the new TomTom GO devices will feature WiFi connectivity, hands-free driving, and route prediction.

The new TomTom GO devices will come in four models, the 520 and 620, which are 5 and 6 inches respectively, are the cheaper versions while the 5200 and 6200 are a little more pricey and include the additional feature of a SIM for live updates on the go.

WiFi Connectivity

TomTom GO devices will now be able to connect to WiFi, which will allow automatic updates to the product’s maps and traffic. With this new feature, customers will no longer have to worry about hooking it up to a computer. Updates that come included with the price of the device are lifetime TomTom Traffic, lifetime maps, and lifetime speed camera alerts.

Hands-Free Driving

The new-and-improved TomTom navigators allow users to make calls and send messages via voice control right from their navigation device. You can also change your settings to have TomTom GO read your messages aloud as they arrive. These GO devices are actually compatible with other voice assistants, like Siri or Cortana. And, of course, they also have improved voice recognition for better functionality than previous GO devices.

Route Prediction

TomTom GO devices are much smarter and can now learn drivers habits, preferences, and usual routes for better navigational assistance once the device becomes familiar with you. Another feature of the new TomTom GO devices is that they are able to alert you to slow down when approaching a traffic jam or a speeding camera with the addition of free lifetime TomTom Traffic. The device is also able to reroute you to avoid traffic from the moment it begins.

The new TomTom GO devices are said to be “available this month” although a specific date has not been released. The devices are expected to run in the $300-$600 range, depending on the device chosen.

TomTom is a Dutch based company that specializes in navigation and mapping products. The TomTom GO first launched in 2004 and quickly became the fastest selling consumer technology device to date. Since then, TomTom has continued to craft new products with the same idea in mind – getting drivers from point A to point B in the best way possible. For more information on TomTom and its lineup of navigational GPS devices, visit the TomTom website.

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