Sunday, March 18, 2012

TomTom Announces New TomTom GO 52

Dutch mapping and Sat Nav manufacturer TomTom announced a new GPS device last week. The device, which is called the TomTom VIA 53 in Europe, is available now in the UK and provides users with a midrange device that includes Wifi, which is usually only available on higher-end devices.

The press release from TomTom states that the device would be available in “select countries” starting last week and that in the United States, it is called the “TomTom GO 52.” However as of the time of writing, it still doesn’t seem to be available on the US version of the TomTom website. Regardless, we’re still going to go ahead and look at it; operating on the assumption it will be available in the US eventually. read more

TomTom Debuts new GO and VIA Devices


TomTom, a Dutch company that has become known more for its mapping and navigational solutions recently, has announced that it will be adding new devices to its popular VIA and GO lines. At last week’s Consumer Electronics Show, the GPS pioneer debuted the GO 520, GO 620, VIA 1425, VIA 1525, and VIA 1625 to consumers. All devices are expected to be available in March 2017.

As  continuation of two of TomTom’s most popular dedicated GPS device lines, all five new products are expected to ship with the latest TomTom maps, and both feature lifetime map updates so that users never have to worry about losing their way with an outdated map. The GO line is designed more for the connected consumer with a lineup of features aimed towards convenience, while the more advanced VIA devices have dedicated searching and navigational functions for the easiest and best routing.

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TomTom Introduces On-Street Parking Service


We all know the struggle of trying to find parking. It’s especially frustrating to me when I am in an unfamiliar city, usually downtown, and one way streets are getting me turned around!

Fortunately, TomTom is working on a solution for its customers. The company recently announced an On-Street Parking Service. It seems TomTom is staying on track to further develop technology needed for self-driving, or autonomous vehicles. Of course, there are other benefits as well. read more

TomTom Announces New GO Devices with Auto Updates


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. read more

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

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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

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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