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TomTom refreshes GO GPS, reveals new sports watches

updated 12:41 pm EDT, Wed April 17, 2013

Simplified range, new maps, lifetime traffic updates

TomTom has updated one range of its dedicated GPS devices, and revealed a new line of GPS sports watches. The TomTom GO adds a new interactive map as well as more information for drivers, while the TomTom Runner and Multi-Sport marks a departure by the company from its previous Nike-branded efforts.

Tom Tom Go now consists of a simplified range of devices, with a choice of 4.3-inch, 5-inch, and 6-inch models. An interactive map feature along with 3D maps allows for zooming in and selecting places to explore on the map itself, with a tap on the map providing a route instantly. Lifetime updates for TomTom Traffic will provide details of where delays start, with users able to get updates by choosing between two device options: devices that connect via Bluetooth to a smartphone and uses a data plan, or an always-connected device with no further data charges. For the life of the device, drivers can download at least four full updates of the map to the GPS every year, while customers will also receive a three-month trial of a speed camera warning system.

The new sports watches provide a number of graphical training modes to use on the display. A race mode will allow the user to compete against a previous or best time over a route, a goal mode will keep counting down until the wearer reaches a distance, time, or calorie usage target, and the "Zone" mode will set a pace or heart rate as a target to stay above, and provides a graph of that metric over time. Lasting up to ten hours on a single charge, the Runner and Multi-Sport watches measure 11.5mm (0.45 inches) thick, with the Multi-Sport also providing a swimming motion sensor, an optional altimeter, and a cadence sensor used for cycling.

While prices for the TomTom Go, Runner, and Multi-Sport have yet to be provided, the sports watches will ship this Summer.




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