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New TomTom GPS units more intelligently route

Posted in GPS by Nino Marchetti on March 5th, 2008

tomtom.jpgGPS maker TomTom earlier this week revealed some new GPS models outfitted with new routing technology which takes into account average speeds on a road when creating a route. These models – the Go 930 and Go 730 – will be available by the end of April.

This new TomTom technology, known as IQ Routes, is based on actual average speeds on roads, rather than the posted speed limits. It gathers this data from “anonymous historical speed profiles of over 6.2 billion miles of driven roads” from millions of TomTom users. The company says that nearly half the time having this data, planning the route results in a faster trip.

You can get more details on this technology and other features of the new TomTom units, taken from a company press release, after the jump.

The innovative IQ Routes(TM) technology is based on actual average speeds measured on roads, rather than posted speed limits. This means that the new TomTom GO range determines a route by considering all possible routes and then selecting the one that takes the least time based on recent historical data. In almost 50% of all journeys, this results in a faster route, and saves significant travel time, fuel, and money.

In addition, the new TomTom GO series includes TomTom’s Advanced Lane Guidance feature. Advanced Lane Guidance provides users with realistic representations of complex highway junctions and lane-specific visual directions that take the stress out of navigating these otherwise difficult junctions.

The two new features will be available with the new TomTom GO series, the TomTom GO 930 and TomTom GO 730, starting at the end of April 2008.

TomTom IQ Routes(TM)

The new TomTom IQ Routes(TM) technology is based on actual average speeds on roads, rather than the posted speed limits. This intelligent routing technology is based on anonymous historical speed profiles of over 6.2 billion miles of driven roads, gathered over the years by millions of TomTom users. It takes into account all the factors that may influence the time it takes drivers to get to their destination, including traffic lights, rotaries, steep slopes and speed bumps.

The TomTom IQ Routes(TM) speed profile database continues to grow at the rate of over half a billion measurements per day, so the time and spatial accuracy of TomTom IQ Routes(TM) technology will continually increase. Drivers can be confident that they will always be given the smartest route, incorporating detailed local knowledge. This allows for more efficient daily route planning, in particular when driving through urban and mountainous areas.

Advanced Lane Guidance

With the new Advanced Lane Guidance feature, navigating difficult junctions becomes easier than ever before. Advanced Lane Guidance provides users with realistic visuals of complex highway junctions and lane-specific directions. Static images of road signs, in the same color as the ones displayed on the road, ensure that drivers have an even more realistic view of the road ahead, and their specific route.

A host of extra features

In addition to IQ Routes(TM) and Advanced Lane Guidance, the new TomTom GO range has a new premium look with a high-quality finish, expanded map coverage and comes pre-installed with the latest navigation features, including:

— TomTom Map Share(TM) technology, enabling users to make updates and
corrections to their own maps instantly and to benefit from
improvements made by other users, completely free of charge. New Map
Share features include the ability to change turn restrictions and
posted road speeds
— Latest map guarantee so users always have free access to the latest map
at time of purchase
— Voice address input so that users can drive to millions of cities and
street names by simply announcing the address of their destination
— Clear voice instructions and text-to-speech to enable street names,
places, traffic alerts and SMS messages to be read aloud as part of the
spoken instructions
— Enhanced Positioning Technology (EPT) for uninterrupted navigation even
in tunnels or highly-built areas (TomTom GO 930 only)
— TomTom RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver, as a compatible accessory, for
detailed traffic information
— Large 4.3 inch touch screen with new generation icons and an updated
user interface to navigate drivers to their destination even more
easily
— Enhanced hands-free calling with high-quality sound system via
Bluetooth(R) to allow drivers to keep their eyes firmly on the road
while making phone calls in the car
— Extensive safety features, including the ‘Help Me’ menu that gives
drivers direct access to emergency services and roadside assistance
— Built-in FM Transmitter to play music and navigation instructions
seamlessly over the car stereo
— New smart & fun extras to personalize users’ devices, including
recording your own driving instructions, view documents, exchange
positions via SMS and Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology and select a
favorite car icon on the screen
— Free TomTom HOME software and content from the TomTom community to keep
your TomTom device up to date at all times
— Full range of accessories to match the design and finish of the updated
GO range

Map Coverage
— The TomTom GO 930 comes pre-installed with the most up-to-date maps of
US, Canada and Western and Central Europe stored on the internal memory
— The TomTom GO 730 includes new expanded map coverage, including the
latest maps of the US and Canada

Availability

The new TomTom GO range will be available across North America and Europe starting at end of April 2008.

Product technical specifications
— 4.3″ widescreen 16:9 format LCD (WQVGA: 480*272 pixels)
— CPU 400 MHz
— TomTom GO 930: 4 GB internal flash memory, TomTom GO 730: 2 GB
— SD card slot
— High sensitivity GPS receiver
— Bluetooth(TM)
— Lithium-polymer battery (up to 5 hours operation)
— Dimensions: 118 mm x 83 mm x 24 mm- convert to inches 4.6 x 3.2 x 1
— Weight: 7.7 ounces

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