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TomTom Expands High-End PND Line

11/01/2010 01:13:40 PM Eastern

Concord, Mass. - TomTom is expanding its
high-end lineup of portable navigation devices (PNDs) with two new Go-series
models starting at a suggested $299 and offering such new features as
capacitive touchscreens and a faster route-calculation algorithm said to offer
"instant route planning."

 TomTom

The capacitive touchscreens let users pinch
and zoom maps and navigate through menu screens with the swipe of the finger.

 Other new features include a simpler user
interface to let drivers get route guidance with fewer taps, click-and-lock
magnetic mount that lets users dock and undock their PND with one hand, and a
brighter display, the company said.

 With the new
route-calculation software, a spokesperson told TWICE, "significant
improvements have been achieved versus our previous models and competition not
only in planning a route but also in re-routing when a wrong turn is taken." In
most cases, she said, "the planning will be many times faster than before."

 The two models are the Go 2405TM with 4.3-inch
touchscreen and Go 2505TM with 5-inch touchscreen at suggested retails of $299
and $319, respectively. They are available at Amazon.com,
BestBuy.com and TomTom.com,
with sales through brick-and-mortar stores starting in mid-2011.

 
Like other select TomTom models, the two new models feature lifetime
traffic and map updates, with traffic updates received via an  FM-based RDS-TMC traffic receiver. When
information on a traffic delay is received, the PNDs alert the driver, who can
command the PND to find a faster alternative route.

 
Also like other select TomTom models, the two new models feature
Bluetooth hands-free, voice recognition to enable voice control, street-name
announce and advanced lane guidance.

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