TomTom reveals revolutionary IQ Routes™ technology on new TomTom GO 930T

Mar 03 2008

TomTom reveals revolutionary IQ Routes™ technology on new TomTom GO 930T

~ Unique route calculation method based on actual average speeds on roads provides smartest route calculation on the market today ~

CeBIT - Hannover, 3 March 2008 - TomTom, the world’s largest portable navigation solutions provider, today announces ground-breaking features and unique content on its latest TomTom GO device – the GO 930T – including the company’s unique IQ Routes™ technology and Advanced Lane Guidance.

The innovative IQ Routes™ technology is based on real average speeds that have been measured on roads, rather than static maximum speeds per road type. This means the new TomTom GO determines a route by considering all possible routes, and then selects the one that takes the least time. In almost 50 per cent of all journeys, this results in taking a different and faster route, saving the driver significant travel time - as well as saving money and fuel.

In addition, the new TomTom GO features Advanced Lane Guidance - a first for the navigation mass market. Advanced Lane Guidance gives drivers a more realistic view and enhanced visual instructions of drivers’ surroundings, ensuring they are better informed about the situation ahead.

In the UK and Republic of Ireland, the two new features will be available initially on the TomTom GO 930T, which is expected to be available in retail stores at the end of April 2008.

“With the introduction of IQ Routes™ technology, we continue to focus our efforts on features and content that improve the core navigation experience,” says Harold Goddijn, TomTom’s chief executive officer. “Everyone knows that traffic on a Sunday is different to traffic on a Monday, and this is exactly what has been taken into account on the new TomTom GO. IQ Routes™ delivers what we call ‘intelligent routing’ – an even smarter and efficient way of planning your daily route.”

TomTom IQ Routes™
The new TomTom IQ Routes™ technology is based on actual average speeds on roads, rather than the sign-posted speed limits. This intelligent routing technology is based on anonymous historical speed profiles of more than 10 billion kilometres of driven roads, gathered over the years by millions of TomTom users. It takes into account all the factors that may influence the time it takes drivers to get to their destination, including traffic lights, roundabouts, steep slopes and speed bumps.

The TomTom IQ Routes™ speed profile database continues to grow at the rate of more than half a billion measurements per day, so the time and spatial accuracy of TomTom IQ Routes™ technology will increase continually. Drivers can be confident that they will always be given the smartest route incorporating detailed local knowledge. This allows for more efficient daily route planning, in particular when driving through urban or hilly areas.

Advanced Lane Guidance
With the new Advanced Lane Guidance feature, navigating difficult junctions becomes easier than ever before. This 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.

A host of extra features
The TomTom GO 930T will replace the current TomTom GO 920T. Combining the static historical data of TomTom IQ Routes™ with maps that incorporate daily updates via TomTom Map Share™, the new range offers the most intelligent navigation on the market today.

The TomTom GO 930T also features a new premium look with a high quality finish and expanded map coverage. The device comes preinstalled with the latest navigation features, including:
  • TomTom Map Share™ technology enabling users to make corrections to their own maps instantly, and to benefit from improvements made by other users, completely free of change
  • Latest map guarantee so users always have free access to the latest map at time of purchase
  • TomTom RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver for detailed traffic information
  • Enhanced Positioning Technology (EPT) for uninterrupted navigation even in tunnels or highly built areas
  • Large 4.3 inch touch screen with new generation icons and an updated user interface to navigate drivers to their destination even more easily
  • Voice address input drive to millions of cities and street names by simply announcing the address of your destination
  • Clear voice instructions and text-to-speech to enable street names, places, traffic alerts and SMS messages to be read aloud as part of the spoken instructions
  • Enhanced hands-free calling with high quality sound system via Bluetooth® to allow drivers to keep their eyes firmly on the road whilst making phone calls in the car
  • Extensive safety features including ‘Help Me’ menu to give drivers direct access to emergency services and roadside assistance
  • Built-in FM Transmitter to play music and navigation instructions seamlessly through the car stereo speakers
  • New smart & fun extras to personalise users’ devices, including recording your own driving instructions, viewing documents, exchanging positions via SMS and Bluetooth™ wireless technology and selecting a favourite car icon on the screen
  • Free TomTom HOME software and content from the TomTom community to keep your TomTom device up to date at all times
  • Pre-installed safety camera database providing users with timely information on safety cameras on drivers’ routes
  • Full range of accessories to match the design and finish of the updated GO range

Map Coverage
  • TomTom GO 930T comes pre-installed with the most up-to-date seamless maps of 35 countries in Western & Eastern Europe, USA, Canada and Russia with maximum detail stored on the internal memory

The TomTom GO 930T will be available in the UK and Republic of Ireland from the end of April 2008. Pricing is to be confirmed.

Product technical specifications - TomTom GO 930:
  • 4.3” widescreen 16:9 format LCD (WQVGA: 480x272 pixels)
  • CPU 400 MHz
  • 4 GB internal flash memory
  • SD card socket
  • High sensitivity GPS receiver
  • Bluetooth™
  • Battery lithium-polymer (up to 5 hours operation)
  • Dimensions: 118 mm x 83 mm x 24 mm
  • Weight: 220 grams

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