January 6, 2008

Connected GPS Unit Roadmap - The Next Generation

With the recent announcement of Magellan joining the ranks of connected GPS makers with their announcement of the Magellan Maestro Elite 5340 + GPRS, I thought it was time to take a step back and look at what's going on in the next generation of the GPS market and see how things are shaking out.


There are four main benefits of having a connected GPS:
1. Map Updates can be gathered from and sent down to the fleet of GPS units.
2. Operating system updates can be sent down to the unit
3. Traffic reporting is enhanced due primarily to the increased bandwidth and flexibility of the cellular network, and the fact that you are now a "traffic condition probe", collecting data for others to use.
4. Connected search and interactivity of the unit to the internet to provide a more intelligent device.


Where did it all start and what's the product map look like?

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December 28, 2007

TomTom Bluetooth Compatible Phones

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ClubTomTom, TomTom's US corporate blog, has an updated listing of bluetooth phones that are compatible with their GO 720 and GO 920 models. The list is getting longer, and it's always a good thing to see. Many have the ability to work with the TomTom PLUS services, and all are handsfree capable so you can talk over the phone through the GPS unit.

More Information and Reviews

  • My Full Review of the GO 720
  • My Full Review of the GO 920

    Club TomTom - Bluetooth Compatible Phone List

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  • December 21, 2007

    TomTom ONE In Stock - Now Shipping - $149

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    Amazon finally has the TomTom ONE in stock again and is now shiping it; select next day shipping for delivery on 12/24 if ordered by Saturday's cut-off.

    At Amazon - TomTom ONE - $149

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    December 19, 2007

    TomTom Sales Way up in November

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    It was reported today that TomTom edged out Garmin in the US for total GPS units sold in the month of November, behind the TomTom Give Give sales event and a whole lot of Black Friday work to get units on Black Friday circulars. The sales figures exclude WalMart which had rival Garmin’s devices on special for the big sales day.

    NPD research indicates that US Market Share for GPS units sold in November was 30.6% for TomTom and 29.3% for Garmin – a reversal of the usual ~50% for Garmin and ~20% for TomTom in the US market. Clearly the $100-off GiveGive sale helped a LOT.

    While they claim that TomTom’s US market share is still above 30% for December, my uncertainty is that they blew through inventory and Garmin’s deeper bench of models and inventory will have them come out strong in the final seasonal sales. For instance, at Amazon, the TomTom ONE has been sold out through January since about the first of December, while Garmin units have been on special since then, rotating deals to push different models, in essence following TomTom’s price lead.

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    December 5, 2007

    TomTom HD in US - FCC Site has SIM Card Power Plug

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    The FCC has a TomTom 12V power outlet on their site that appears to be related to their recent TomTom HD announcement for Europe; that has me thinking that they are making concrete plans to bring the TomTom HD to the US; soon.

    The power outlet has a SIM card input that may allow you to obtain traffic (and maybe other) information from the mobile phone networks directly to your TomTom. This would leapfrog the current traffic offerings that travel across the FM airwaves.

    With the traffic HD capability loaded onto the 12V plug hardware, and that hardware going into a mini-USB plug, one has to think that this may be a future traffic option on many current TomTom GPS units. Could this testing be the reason why TomTom is looking for Beta Testers who have their own TomTom units? Let’s hope so. Have you applied yet?

    Picture and info via YourNav


    Thanks Jim for sending this in.

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    December 3, 2007

    TomTom Needs Beta Testers

    TomTom is looking for a few good men and women to be beta testers for new product and/or product upgrades. If you qualify according to the list below head on over to the TomTom Beta tester page to sign up. Sounds like you need to know your way around a TomTom and be a fairly active driver.

    You won't get fortune and fame but you might just secretly be the first on your block to see the new features coming to TomTom.


    They expect a TomTom beta tester that s/he will:

  • Bea current owner of a TomTom GO 720/920/920T, or ONE 3rd edition, ONE XL, ONE XL•S
  • Test TomTom products and applications for a minimum of 2 to 5 hours a week
  • Start using TomTom product/application within 2 business days of receiving it
  • Always test the latest application version available on the TomTom Beta Test forum
  • Report feedback in English on the beta test forum
  • Report on issues or bugs found during testing within 1 business day
  • Regular reporting of usability experience
  • Answer TomTom survey questions and send in log files (as needed)
  • Participate in our TomTom Beta Test program under a formal Non-Disclosure Agreement

    Follow the next steps to sign up for the beta program:
    1. Sign in with your personal MyTomTom account (or create one).
    2. Select "Sign up" on the left hand side of your screen to complete your details.

    Via ClubTomTom

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  • November 15, 2007

    Garmin and TomTom Settle Patent Suits

    So it looks like the big litigation battle is over, and as I suspected the lawyers got together in a big lawyerly pow-wow and hammered out a deal. The terms are not disclosed, but I would imagine a lot of bottled water was consumed and a lot of paper shredded in the process.

    The settlement resolves all of the pending intellectual property litigation including cases in the UK, Netherlands, Wisconsin, and Texas.

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    November 13, 2007

    TomTom ONE LE

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    The TomTom ONE LE is part of the Black Friday madness, and is an "Exclusive" unit made for Best Buy. A lot of people have been wondering what's the difference and what's the "LE" all about. "How does the TomTom ONE LE Compare vs. the TomTom ONE 2nd Edition vs. the TomTom ONE 3rd Edition?"

    After I checked in with TomTom, the short of it is that the TomTom ONE LE is a TomTom ONE 2nd Ed with the new operating system, Navcore 7 pre-loaded, while still maintaining the North American Maps. Navcore 7 offers Help Me! and MapShare capability plus an updated look that I happen to like a lot. The TomTom ONE LE still has 5 million points of interest and a built in battery.

    The TomTom ONE LE has Bluetooth capabilities, not to do handsfree mobile phone work, but to obtain data for traffic or weather conditions (optional subscriptions). Same as TomTom ONE 2nd Ed.

    The TomTom ONE 3rd edition has the Navcore 7 operating system pre-loaded North American Maps and optional TMC inputs. This last point, TMC traffic capability, is the feature that the others don't have. You'd need the TMC Antenna from TomTom which costs $129, and it includes 12 months of TMC access with the purchase.

    Update: Best Buy has a couple of GPS Units at BF Prices online NOW - check out the Nuvi 200 - $169, and the Nuvi 660 - $399, the SP C550 - $329, and the TTOne LE - $119 ("Coming Soon").


    For all more Holiday GPS Gift Picks see my

    GPS Holiday Gift Guide




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    November 12, 2007

    TomTom ONE HD - Networked Traffic Solution

    Big news in Traffic reporting out of TomTom today; TomTom has announced (for the Netherlands only right now) the new TomTom XL HD which is a widescreen TomTom with a built in wireless modem that will connect and provide more descriptive and better traffic information. You will also act as an anonymous probe that will survey traffic conditions and report back findings to the central computer. The service will be in cooperation with Vodaphone, and will carry a 10 Euro (~$15) per month subscription fee. Sound familiar? It should, it’s a lot like the Dash Navigation plan to offer the same type of service.

    The TomTom launch is only in the Netherlands for now with plans for the US.

    “TomTom High Definition Traffic information is a big change for our users when planning their daily journeys. They know more about traffic flows and how to avoid them than anyone else. This creates a feeling of control and comfort. This world premiere provides TomTom users with a breakthrough solution to a structural, every-day problem and marks a significant change in mobility management and route guidance,” says Harold Goddijn, chief executive officer at TomTom. “With High Definition Traffic, drivers can plan their day in a smarter way, based on accurate and precise traffic information. We are looking forward to expanding our High Definition Traffic offering to other European countries in 2008.”

    More infor from the press release follows...

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    November 8, 2007

    Compare TomTom GPS; TomTom ONE's vs TomTom GO's

    It's always good to see an easy way to do a comparison of GPS Units, and guess what? TomTom did it for us. Easy to compare TomTom ONE, TomTom ONE XL, TomTom ONE XLS, TomTom GO 720, TomTom GO 920, TomTom GO 920T.

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    More at TomTom

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