TomTom’s Autumn line-up to feature voice command and control

3 Sep 2009

TomTom has unveiled two new flagship portable navigation devices that feature voice control, an intuitive new interface designed to take the stress out of journeys as well as a database of 800bn historic speed measurements.

The company unveiled two two portable navigation devices: the TomTom GO 950 and TomTom GO 750

The new devices make use of TomTom’s IQ Routes technology and are meant to be more intuitive and easier to operate.

“As the world’s leading provider of navigation solutions and digital maps, it is our duty to constantly break new ground, developing unique technologies with the sole purpose of making the driver’s journey more reliable, predictable and affordable,” explained Corinne Vigreux, managing director of TomTom.

“All the models of the new TomTom GO x50 series have been designed to do exactly this. They are easy to operate and take the stress out of any driver’s journey by providing the latest travel and delay times,” Vigreux said.

The company says the new TomTom GO x50 series calculates a route faster than ever before and ensures drivers are ready to go within seconds.

It uses the world’s largest collection of historical speed profiles. This ever-growing database now includes over 800 billion historic speed measurements of 15 million road kilometres in 24 European countries.

Once on the road, the device is constantly checking if there is faster route, taking changing road conditions into account by using IQ Route technology.

The TomTom GO x50 series now also features voice command and control. For the first time users can operate their device by using their voice.

Over 100 tasks can be activated by voice, like planning a route, changing preferences or making a call. This means drivers can keep their eyes focused on the road and their hands on the wheel, contributing to road safety.

In addition, The TomTom GO x 50 series has an enhanced speaker, which ensures clear voice instructions and improved hands free calling.

The GO x 50 series comes with an Active Dock with integrated RDS-TMC Traffic information. This means Irish drivers can always receive traffic information on their journey abroad (as this is not available in Ireland yet), without the need to connect additional cables. This allows them to plan their journeys better.

On top of this, new menus including a frequent destinations menu have been added to calculate a route to a frequently visited destination easier and faster. Finally, an Eco Routes option has been added to the route options menu, so drivers can select the most fuel-efficient route to help reduce their impact on the environment.

The TomTom GO x50 series features more maps than ever before, including Malta, Greece and Turkey for the first time. In addition, all devices offer TomTom’s unique Map Share technology which allows users to make instant changes to the map and share these with others through TomTom HOME, TomTom’s free desktop application.

TomTom GO 950 comes with pre-installed maps for door-to-door navigation in US, Canada and 45 countries in Europe and offers Enhanced Positioning Technology (EPT) for uninterrupted navigation even when driving through tunnels;

TomTom GO 750 offer seamless door-to-door navigation across 45 countries in Europe;

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years