TomTom's latest Go devices use your smartphone to keep you clear of traffic
When it comes to stand alone satellite navigation units you can't go far wrong with TomTom and its latest in the Go line will make good use of your smartphone while you're on the move. The new Go 40, 50 and 60 all come with free, lifetime Traffic information which it gathers by using your smartphone's data plan.
The real-time traffic information combines with TomTom's routing technology with the aim of keeping you moving and traffic free on your journeys. And you're getting a fair bit of traffic information to boot:
- TomTom Traffic: TomTom drivers will be the first to know the faster route available. The new TomTom GO device is ready to receive TomTom Traffic by connecting to the driver's iPhone or Android Smartphone. It also comes with these innovative features:
- Traffic overview: Drivers can see the full picture of all the traffic jams around them. Zoom in for a close-up view and zoom out for a bird's-eye view.
- Traffic detail: Drivers can see traffic incidents in detail and know exactly which roads are congested, the length of the delay and what is causing the delay.
- Traffic jam alerts: Drivers know exactly where a traffic jam starts and ends. Drivers receive alerts if you're approaching a jam too fast.
The new TomTom Go range starts at £139 in the UK. The "supported phones" are listed as iPhone and Android, but since it seems to rely on just a tethered data connection there's no real reason why Windows Phone and BlackBerry owners shouldn't be able to hook up as well.
TomTom has always made great navigation products, and these latest look to be no different. But with the advent of free navigation on our smartphones, would you still consider picking one up?