TeleAtlas to Incorporate TomTom's Speed Profile Data

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TeleAtlas announced an upgrade to its product line; the inclusion of TomTom's speed profile database into the core mapping dataset. Recall that if you use a TomTom, they ask if they can collect anonymous data from your device, including the actual speeds you drive on roads. That's how TomTom can roll out technology like IQ Routes for more accurate travel times (See my review of the GO 930 with IQ Routes). Let's face it, some roads just don't let you go the speed limit, or alternatively a road with a bunch of stop lights is not going to let you effectively travel at the speed limit.

Interesting move here, and one that I wasn't sure TomTom would allow with its acquisition of their mapping partner, TeleAtlas. If this information as well as the information that is gathered with the MapShare changes, are all effectively shared, the TeleAtlas dataset could take a big step up in usefulness and quality.

This speed data will be available to other customers of TeleAtlas.

Full Press Release Below.......


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August 29, 2008

New GPS Models Mean Deep GPS Discounts

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The end of the summer is almost here, and the IFA show is going on in Berlin which is the big Euro electronics show ahead of the holiday shopping season. With new Garmins and new TomToms announced there are now some signs that there are good bargains. I have seen it time and time again in the GPS world.

A few to keep in mind:

TomTom ONE XL
- The TomTom ONE 330 XL has been launched and the very capable TomTom ONE XL is now down about $30 in recent weeks. No Text to speech, but TomTom has a good software upgrade program that allows you to keep these models as current as ever. At $169, it's a $20 upgrade to a widescreen.

Garmin Nuvi 350
- Now that the Garmin Nuvi 300 series has been discontinued, the Nuvi 350 and Nuvi 360 are prime candidates for low prices. As an aside, the Nuvi 350 started it all, as the first thin format factor GPS that was at the time targeted at business travelers. The rest of the industry followed, and now you can barely find a unit that is thicker than 1-inch. The Nuvi 350 is still priced at $199, while the Nuvi 360, which adds Bluetooth, is priced at $324.

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August 28, 2008

TomTom GO 740 LIVE and 940 LIVE Confirmed

We broke the news the other day on the GO 940, and TomTom announced today that they are launching the TomTom GO 740 LIVE and 940 LIVE which will be connected devices through their cellular networked HD module. This will offer high quality up-to-date traffic data feeds with available traffic data and information from other users who are also using the TomTom HD service. The service will also offer fuel prices to subscribers. The units will be available in Europe, and carry a 9.95 Euro monthly price.

Google Search - TomTom has brought Google to the table as a partner for search on the GPS, and will deliver results that are easily routed to with the touch of a button.

The only question is when this will come to the US.....

Full Press Release as follows.....

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August 22, 2008

TomTom GO 940 LIVE spotted in UK - Google Search

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TomTom looks like they are about to release the TomTom GO 940 LIVE; an up-versioned model of the TomTom 930 that adds their HD traffic module. A page has just appeared on a retailer's site, offering it for pre-sale. The GO 940 would have all the features of the GO 930, including IQ routes, Lane Assist, and Enhanced Positioning Technology.
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TomTom LIVE Pack
The TomTom GO 940 LIVE will also include the "Live" package, that for the UK at least will have a subscription to HD Traffic, Safety database (think speed cameras?), and fuel prices. Oh yea, and Google Search!

Google Search
- Rumored a few days ago, and now (semi-) confirmed it looks like TomTom and Google are in a nice tie up on mobile search. With the HD mobile GSM band connection and the proper work to streamline results, the combination could be pretty powerful.

The TomTom GO 940 LIVE is priced at 399 pounds plus VAT, and will require a subscription after the free three month trial is up for the LIVE connection via the TomTom HD module. Think in the price range of $10 - $15 per month....

Thanks Jim for sending this one in.


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August 20, 2008

TomTom PRO 4000 & 8000; Business Targeted GPS

TomTomPro8000.jpgTomTom announced the TomTom PRO 4000 & 8000 today, a couple of re-purposed models that are targeted at the business consumer who may need a little more control over the fleet and a little more capability that a normal GPS might not have. This includes a 2-year warranty, a free map update in the first year, dedicated customer service, a ruggedized sleeve, and a PIN lock to keep sensitive information private.

TomTomPRO8000Sleeve.jpg"We are pleased to offer a product which speaks directly to the needs of our business and enterprise partners" said Tom Murray, vice president of market development, "with the unique features the PRO Series offers, TomTom is helping today's mobile workforces to travel more efficiently and more safely than ever before."

The TomTom PRO 4000 is based on the TomTom ONE 330XL, while the TomTom PRO 8000 is based on the TomTom GO 930.


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August 19, 2008

TomTom HD Traffic Module Headed for US

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TomTom has launched their HD Traffic module in the Netherlands where they have users sharing their location in a network of GPS units acting as traffic probes; you help me and I help you. The FCC Site is showing the test results for the TomTom HD unit clearing the way for the module to be launched here. Usually by the time these are posted and publicly available, a launch is imminent. My hunch is an announcement soon with shipping for the holidays.

The TomTom HD Traffic Module is a cellular tranceiver that sends and receives traffic information so that you have the most up to date data available. Not only will it get information that is readily available to units with a TMC receiver, but it will also share the peer based information that other users of the TomTom HD system generate. So, if another user is stuck in a traffic jam up ahead, your unit will be aware of the jam and give you better route timing or routing options. This is similar to the Dash Express offering and how it works. Dash indicated that they needed about 2,000 units per metro area to get high quality coverage; I would imagine a similar number would be needed for TomTom also.

The TomTom HD module will be working on the GSM 850 and PCS 1900 bands and will most likely carry a monthly fee.

Via GPSPassion

Thanks Jeff for sending in.

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August 12, 2008

TomTom ONE 130/130S Full Review

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The new TomTom ONE 130 and ONE 130S come to the market at a time of intense competition and high expectations for the major GPS makers as they vie to marketshare and the attention of the millions of shoppers who are discovering the wonders of not getting lost and actually getting to where you want to go without stopping, backtracking or imagine that, asking for directions at a gas station. The TomTom ONE 130/130S are the refreshed face of the TomTom ONE line that continues to bring big player GPS features and quality to the market at entry level prices. The units slim down in 2008 with an ultra thin look, and an innovative mount, dubbed the EasyPort. Fold flat profile and a twist to adhere suction mount make the EasyPort different in the GPS world. With the addition of the "S" designator, you get a nice bump with Text to Speech on this unit, something that I continue to advocate for if you can afford it.

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August 11, 2008

TomTom ONE XL 330/330S Full Review

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The new TomTom ONE XL 330 and ONE XL 330S come to the market at a time of intense competition and high expectations for the major GPS makers as they vie to market share and the attention of the millions of shoppers who are discovering the wonders of not getting lost. When you can afford it, there are some nice bonuses to having a widescreen GPS which include a better overall view of where you are going, easier input of data (i.e. your destination's address), and just pure readability of the whole interface. I'll explore the advantages below. I recommend widescreen GPS units if you can afford it.


The TomTom ONE XL 330/330S are the refreshed face of the TomTom ONE line that continues to bring big player GPS features and quality to the market at entry level prices. The units slim down in 2008 with an ultra thin look, and an innovative mount, dubbed the EasyPort. Fold flat profile and a twist to adhere suction mount make the EasyPort different in the GPS world. So, while a widescreen GPS may take up some more room, you won't be penalized too much considering the thin profile of the unit.


With the addition of the "S" designator, you get a nice bump with Text to Speech on this unit, something that I continue to advocate for if you can afford it.


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August 6, 2008

TomTom Maps Upgrade Sale Extended

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TomTom is continuing their Map Upgrade sale to encourage folks to get on the right pathway to enlightenment, or something like that. THe Maps are updated both through TomTom Mapshare changes and organic changes that TeleAtlas adds; millions monthly.

Maps of the US are only $59, Maps of US+Canada, $79.

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July 28, 2008

TomTom Adds New Management

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TomTom made a few management changes yesterday that look like they are trying to position themselves to make another big push on innovation and design work. The big change that stuck out for me was to bring on a former Apple exec, Ken McAlpine to be in charge of product design and usability. His resume includes working on the iPhone, MacMini and a host of other projects are Apple. Very interesting move - can't wait to see where TomTom goes with this influence.

Full press release follows after the jump.....

Thanks Jim for sending this in.

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