TomTom, today launched
the new TomTom GO 930 and TomTom GO 730, where are updates to the popular 720 and 920 TomTom models. These new TomTom GPS units will feature TomTom's IQ Routes technology and Advanced Lane Guidance. According to TomTom the IQ Routes technology is based on actual average speeds measured on roads, rather than posted speed limits. Thus, 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. This sounds eerily similar to my 2004 post
where I said GPS units would one day use actual real world traffic data to calculate the optimal route. I actually stated P2P technology would be used to "share" GPS data amongst the GPS units. In any event, according to TomTom, in almost 50% of all trips, their IQ Routes technology results in a faster route.
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.
TomTom IQ Routes Explained:
The new TomTom IQ Routes 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 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.
-- TomTom Map Share 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
-- 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
The new TomTom GO range will be available across North America and Europe starting at end of April 2008.
TomTom 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
-- 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