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Singapore welcomes latest car navigation tools

Veronica C. Silva | Nov. 16, 2011
Solutions can also be used in other Asian countries.

Road drivers in select countries in Asia can easily find their way around with some of the latest navigation tools to be made available in the region.

TomTom, a supplier of in-car navigation tools, said it will introduce to the Singapore market a range of products and services which can also be used by road drivers in other countries in the region. TomTom will introduce next week at the Sitex 2011 the Via range and Go models, complete with maps of Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia and Thailand.

Sitex 2011, to be held at Singapore Expo, is Singapore's infocomm and consumer electronic products trade fair.

Five TomTom Via and Go products will be showcased at the trade fair, featuring the company's IQ Routes technology, which allows drivers to "drive like a local". By using real road information provided by the driver, the technology can suggest the shortest possible route to a destination, allowing the driver to save on time and fuel.

Produce range

The TomTom products to be introduced include the TomTom Via 220, with a list price of S$199 (US$153.5), TomTom Via 260 at S$239 (US$184), TomTom Via 280 S$279 (US$215), TomTom GO 2050 S$399 (US$307), and the TomTom GO 2050 World S$479 (US$369.5).

TomTom said its new products have sleek and accessible design that make them convenient for the drivers to use.

"These are the smartest, sleekest TomTom models ever. We've also included an option in the GO series with world maps to enable TomTom drivers to enjoy stress-free driving during their travels," said Chris Kearney, vice president, TomTom Asia Pacific.

Aside from the latest maps, touchscreen, and IQ Routes technology, the TomTom Via 260 and 280 include pre-installed safety cameras, voice control, and other navigation smart tools, They also include an interface with a Bluetooth device for hands-free calling.

Improved driving experience

"We're excited to introduce the new TomTom Via range to Singapore. TomTom Via brings hands-free calling, long enjoyed by our GO users, to everyday drivers for the first time, without compromising quality and convenience. And with market-leading IQ Routes, which gives drivers the fastest route, the TomTom Via range delivers a truly effortless driving experience," said Kearney.

The new TomTom GO series has a large 5" fluid touchscreen for zooming in and out of the maps, the company said. It also features a speaker for audio output and delivers crisp, clear voice instructions, and comes with docking features.

The TomTom GO 2050 World model features maps of Southeast Asia as well as Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, South Africa and North America, and major towns and cities of Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Angola and Zambia.

TomTom said it updates its maps four times a year in February, May, August, and November, so TomTom customers are assured that they always have the latest map.


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