TomTom’s HD Traffic service has finally arrived in Australia with the launch of four new ‘Go Live’ in-car GPS devices starting at $299. (Yes, they’ve also updated the TomTom iPhone app). And unlike the Suna traffic service used by Garmin and Navman, TomTom uses a built-in SIM card (not FM) to track and update user data, official incident reports, and real time traffic flows. HD Traffic also works in both metro and regional areas.
The new Go Live range use their non-removable SIM card to access and roam on 2G networks around the country (TomTom didn’t say which). They also update every info every 2 minutes, versus up to 15 minutes for Suna-based devices.
HD Traffic is a first for Australia, and is included for 12 months with the four new Go Live models: The 820 (4.3-inch; $299), 825 (5-inch; $349), 2050 (5-inch; $399), and the 2050 World (5-inch; $499). It’s part of TomTom’s $70 per year Live Services suite, which also includes speed cameras, local Google search, and weather forecast service.