Sunday, March 18, 2012

New TomTom GO Devices Offer Lifetime World Maps


While having all of the extra bells and whistles on your GPS device is important, I have always said that if you have to pick just one thing, pick lifetime maps. A lot of people don’t’ realize that your GPS is really only as good as your maps, and the ability to update maps without an additional fee is really worth the extra money and will greatly improve the life, value and usability of your device.

Generally, devices come with lifetime maps for only the specific continent or region in which you live. Well, now TomTom has gone a step further. The newest TomTom GO devices will all include lifetime world maps, meaning that users will not have to pay an additional fee to access TomTom’s excellent maps of other countries and continents. I am fairly sure that this is an industry first, as I’ve not seen any such capabilities from the other main GPS companies, although no doubt they will soon follow. read more

TomTom, Jeep Partner on New Jeep Renegade


TomTom and Jeep have announced a partnership today for Jeep’s newest vehicle line, the Jeep Renegade. The Renegade line will all be outfitted with TomTom’s UConnect 5″ Radio Nav infotainment system integrated into the dashboard.

The TomTom UConnect 5″ Radio Nav offers turn-by-turn navigation, traffic information to avoid jams and work areas, and POI searches. Other features include a Help Me! emergency menu, advanced lane guidance that show realistic intersections, safety warnings when approaching schools, fuel-efficient routes, speeding alerts and more. I didn’t see any information whether or not lifetime maps comes with the purchase of a vehicle. read more

New TomTom START Designed For Leisure Drivers

Fusion TIFF FileTomTom introduced the new TomTom START range of GPS devices today. TomTom has a habit of reusing names of devices, so if you recognize the name from a series launched a few years ago, you aren’t crazy. The new START devices are a little cheaper than most, ringing in at €139.95 ($187.35) and are aimed at the ‘leisure traveler.’

The START has many TomTom features that are quickly becoming standard on their devices including the same Quick Search we reviewed on the TomTom GO 500 and the ability to tap on the map to plan a route. The route bar has been redesigned to make it easier for drivers to see essential travel information at a glance. The device also comes with lifetime maps (which all for four free updates a year for the life of the device), advance lane guidance with realistic 3D pictures showing which lane to be in, a million pre-loaded POIs and the new “My Places” which allows drivers to save their favorite locations on the map for easy navigation. The START is available with a 4, 5 or 6 inch screen size. read more

TomTom GO 500 Review

TomTom GO Amazon

Hands on with the TomTom GO 500

The TomTom GO 500 is the top of the line in the most recent editions of the GO Series, launched in January 2014 (Not to be confused with the older, clunky GO 500 model released in March 2005). The new GO 500 is 5 inches and features lifetime map updates and lifetime access to TomTom Traffic (formerly HD Traffic) services which include Jam Ahead warning, Road Work detection, Road Closing Detection and traffic cam warnings. The GO 500 comes with a windshield mount and is preloaded with US maps. It features voice command and a friendly touchscreen interface. We’ll get into the details of all of that shortly. First, let’s look at…

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TomTom GO 500 Introduced

TomTomGO 500

The TomTom Go series is sharp and has plenty of features.

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. read more

TomTom rolls out 7″ Android tablet for fleets

TomTom Bridge Android tablet for fleetsTomTom has announced the Bridge, a 7″ ruggedized Android device for fleet managers. The tablet-like device will include an NFC chip, 5MP camera, Bluetooth, WiF, a 3G modem, rear camera compatibility, and a replaceable battery. read more

UPDATED: Latest TomTom GO series coming to US

TomTom GO 2014 series

TomTom GO 2014 series

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.” read more

Traffic: TomTom vs Garmin

TomTom vs Garmin traffic

Last week, TomTom announced the results of a University of Michigan study that “concluded that TomTom’s iPhone Navigation App and GO 2535 Portable Navigation Device provide the most accurate real-time traffic data, when compared to a number of competing products.” As I pointed out in my weekly link roundup, TomTom paid for the study (full PDF report available here), which raises questions of bias. Now we have Garmin’s take on it: read more

6″ TomTom VIA 1605 M RV hits US shores

TomTom VIA 1605 M RV

The TomTom VIA 1605 M RV

A Friday afternoon tweet is a low-key way to announce this, but it looks like the 6″ TomTom VIA 1605 M RV is now available in the US. Based on the 1605TM we reviewed, this new model has been available in Europe for several months as the GO LIVE Camper & Caravan. read more

New TomTom GO series announced

TomTom GO 50xx 2013 GPSTomTom has announced a new high-end TomTom GO series this morning, including 4.3″, 5″ and 6″ models. While the details aren’t entirely clear, it appears that all models will include a capacitive multi-touch display and 3D buildings. read more