April 11, 2007

TomTom RIDER 2nd Edition Announced


After news leaked last week, the TomTom RIDER 2 is out (at least in Europe), and officially back on their website. The unit is almost definitely headed for the US, and has the classic design features that are needed for motorcycle navigation including operation with a touchscreen that has icons big enough to deal with gloved fingertips, bluetooth compatibility so that the unit can send spoken word directions to a headset, easy mounting on your bike AND your car with a windshield mount, and it's water resistant. The unit also acts as a handsfree kit to operate with your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.

Impressive amount of features and information at the TomTom website (link below).

The unit should be available in May (In the UK) for be approximately £300 - £400, or about $590 - $790. These prices appear to be for a regional version (limited maps) and a European Version (Pan-Euro Maps).

Press Release Follows...

TomTom, the world’s largest navigation solution provider, today announces the launch of the new TomTom RIDER, TomTom’s all in one navigation solution designed for bikers by bikers.

The new TomTom RIDER will come in two versions: TomTom RIDER Europe will feature complete door-to-door navigation anywhere in Western Europe and TomTom RIDER Regional will come with maps for the UK and Ireland (UK edition).

Combining ease of use, portability, a touchscreen that is specially developed for use with gloves and TomTom’s award winning software, the new TomTom RIDER is the perfect tool to ensure bikers can safely and reliably get from A to B.

In addition to being waterproof, the new TomTom RIDER comes with a new Cardo scala-rider Bluetooth headset for in-helmet spoken instructions. The new headset fits open and closed helmets and has exceptional noise cancellation performance to ensure that bikers can hear directions and phone calls with unparalleled clarity. TomTom RIDER also comes with a new RAM mount that fits on virtually all motorbikes and is easy to mount. Its design is renowned worldwide to withstand the toughest conditions bikers may encounter.

To ensure ultimate safety, the new TomTom RIDER features a secure dock on which the RAM mount fits easily, as well as a unique four icon user interface that is ideal for gloves.

“TomTom RIDER is the first ever navigation solution specifically designed for motorbikers and the world’s best-selling. This new TOMTOM RIDER gives bike riders more of what they love when navigating on their bikes — high quality, easy to use and safe navigation, in addition to impeccable vocal instruction, smart services and extras to ensure they have a great bike experience,” said Harold Goddijn, TomTom’s chief executive officer.

For bikers who own a car, TomTom RIDER also has a car-kit accessory that allows the TomTom RIDER to be used in a car much like the TomTom GO and the TomTom ONE ranges. This car-kit accessory can be purchased for just €79.95. (About $100 US).

More at TomTom (UK)

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Posted by Scott Martin at April 11, 2007 5:54 PM

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