Sunday, March 18, 2012

TomTom Creates GPS for Motorcycles

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Riding a motorcycle isn’t the same as driving a car, so why would you want the same kind of GPS and routes? TomTom, the Dutch-based navigation company has announced the upcoming release of a new GPS unit designed specifically with motorcyclists in mind. Called the TomTom RIDER, this GPS unit will help bikers find the perfect route.

The glove-friendly, interactive screen features TomTom’s expansive mapping software with exciting new routing features that allow bikers to choose the level of twists and turns they want to create their own adrenaline-filled road adventure. And, once the perfect route is found, you can even upload and share share it with other bikers.

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“We believe that every ride is a chance for adventure,” said Corinne Vigreux, co-founder and managing director of TomTom Consumer in a press release. “So we have designed TomTom RIDER to give bikers more ways to create and discover exciting routes. From the freedom of cruising the open road, to the thrill of leaning into the tightest curve on the highest peak, with RIDER, bikers can create and ride their own perfect adventure.”

The unit itself is designed to be rugged to better handle the road, and comes with an innovative rotating mount to allow bikers to switch to portrait view so they can see more of the bends ahead. The device also features Bluetooth-enabled audio instructions so riders can speak to the device easier with a helmet on.

There aren’t any numbers posted on TomTom’s website or press release, so I’m not really sure exactly how much the unit will retail. The release date is tentatively set for April of 2015, so I expect there will be more information closer to the launch date.

Until then, what do you think so far? Does this seem like something you would use? Let me know in the comments!

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