TomTom has announced a new dynamic navigation and route guidance service, GO x40 LIVE, together with three new GPS models to take advantage of it. The GO 940 LIVE, GO 740 LIVE and GO 540 LIVE all have access to an updated version of TomTom’s IQ Routes system, which uses historical travel time information for every road, specified for every day of the week at five minute intervals, to assess traffic and, if necessary, reroute.
The three new models all have a flat design and new GUI, as well as TomTom MapShare and improved lane guidance functionality. There’s also a new Voice Command and Control feature which allows for spoken (rather than touchscreen) control of more than 100 tasks, including planning a route of making a phonecall via the GPS’ Bluetooth. A new docking station includes a ‘system connector’ so that the setup can be semi-integrated into the car.
Users will be able to access fuel alerts (pointing out the cheapest gas station along their route) as well as Google’s Local Search. GO x30 LIVE will be initially available in the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands and Switzerland from Fall 2008. Retail price for the new satnavs starts from £299 ($546) with a three-month GO x40 LIVE trial included; the ongoing monthly fee for the service is £9.95 ($18).
More photos of the new TomTom GPS units here