Satnavs have been fairly stagnant feature-wise since the SUNA traffic channel launched in Australia - each company has their own version of the same thing, so ultimately it comes down to a UI or design choice on the part of the consumer. But the new Go 730 and 930 from TomTom looks to change that with their iQ Routes technology.
Essentially, it analyses every possible route and works out the fastest trip, not necessarily the shortest, depending on speed limits, roundabouts, traffic lights and other stuff that will slow you down. Then it will recommend which route will take the least amount of time.
In addition to this new tech, both the 730 and the 930 let you enter your destination address by voice - simply say where you want to go, rather than keying in the details. The 930 stands apart thanks to the inclusion of world mapping (meaning you don't need to pay extra for maps on your driving trip around New Zealand (or Ireland, Europe, the US etc.) and a Bluetooth remote control.
Both models will be hitting shops in November, with the 730 costing $549 and the 930 going for $849. Or, if you want traffic straight out of the box, you can get a version of each for an extra $100.
Drive like a Local with TomTom's Unique IQ Routes™ Technology
TomTom's new GO range includes IQ Routes™ technology and Advanced Lane Guidance to inform drivers about the smartest route to take and the situation ahead
Sydney, 14 October 2008. TomTom, the world's largest portable navigation solutions provider, today announced new ground-breaking features and unique content to its refreshed TomTom GO range - the TomTom GO 730 and TomTom GO 930.
Designed to enhance the navigation experience for users, TomTom's new IQ Routes™ technology, Advanced Lane Guidance and Voice Address Input, provides customers with the most intuitive and intelligent navigation experience available.
"The new TomTom GO range is suitable for drivers who are looking to purchase a navigation device that not only gets them from A to B easily, but also makes their journey more efficient, safe and comfortable," says Chris Kearney, Marketing Manager, Australia and New Zealand. "With the introduction of IQ Routes™ technology and Advanced Lane Guidance, we continue to focus our efforts on features and content that improves the overall navigation experience."
TomTom IQ Routes™ The innovative IQ Routes™ technology is based on real average speeds measured on roads, rather than static maximum speeds per road type. This means the new TomTom GO range determines a route by considering all possible routes and then selecting the one that takes the least time. In almost 50% of all journeys, this results in driving a different and faster route, saving significant travel time as well as saving money and fuel.
Drivers can also be confident that they will always be given the smartest and most efficient route, in particular when driving through suburban areas.
Advanced Lane Guidance The new TomTom GO series features Advanced Lane Guidance, which provides drivers with a more realistic view of their surroundings and enhanced visual instructions. This new feature also ensures drivers are better informed about the situation ahead.
With the new Advanced Lane Guidance feature, navigating difficult junctions becomes easier than ever before. The realistic representation of highway junctions on the screen including clear arrows indicating the lane direction, provide drivers with timely instructions to take the correct lane. Static images of road signs, in the same colour as the ones displayed on the road, ensure drivers have an even better overview of their surroundings.
Voice Address Input Voice Address Input allows users to drive to a destination by voice control. Users no longer need to enter the city name and street name they would like to travel to, but they can simply speak out the city and street name where they would like to go.
Availability The TomTom GO 730 (RRP $549) and TomTom GO 930 ($849) will be available in Australia in early November 2008.
The new GO models will also be available with a traffic receiver in the box. The TomTom GO 730 Traffic ($649), TomTom GO 930 Traffic ($949) will launch in November 2008. -ENDS-