CEBIT: TomTom aims to speed GPS users with traffic, lane data

TomTom has upgraded software in its latest GPS devices so that they pick the fastest route more often

TomTom International has upgraded its route-finding software for its latest GPS (Global Positioning System) devices because the previous generation picked the fastest route only about half the time. The software also offers drivers more guidance on which lane to choose at complex junctions, displaying images of the road signs they should follow.

The software will make its debut in three new models, the TomTom GO 530, GO 730 and GO 930, from the end of April, the company said at the Cebit trade show in Germany.

Advanced Lane Guidance is TomTom's name for a feature that provides more realistic representation of the road ahead, including information about which lane to take and which road signs to follow through complex junctions.

The new route-finding software, IQ Routes, draws on historical data about observed traffic speeds on roads, rather than just the maximum speed limit that applies, in order to calculate the fastest route. This resulted in improvements in journey time on almost half the routes tested, the company said.

TomTom gathered the traffic speed information by compiling data collected anonymously from users of its products. The company collects over 500 million such measurements each day, information that will be most useful in urban and mountainous areas where it is often not practical to drive at the maximum speed legally authorized.

The company also unveiled a way to gather that traffic data -- and give drivers more up-to-date information to avoid traffic jams. The TomTom HD Traffic Receiver plugs into a mini-USB socket on the new GO models (and some older devices), and is powered by the car's lighter socket. It contains a GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) modem for sending and receiving live traffic data over the mobile phone network.

The US$151 price tag includes six months' access to the live traffic data service. After that, the service costs US$15 a month. TomTom will initially offer the service in the Netherlands, with Germany and the UK to follow this year, and France in 2009.

The new GO devices will replace the existing range. They have a 4.3-inch screen, from 1G byte to 4G bytes of flash memory, an SD Card socket and a Bluetooth radio interface, and will run for up to 5 hours on one battery charge. The company did not announce pricing.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Peter Sayer

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?