Posts Tagged ‘navigation’

New App: TomTom MyDrive on iOS/Android

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

The app introduces TomTom Traffic Checker to keep you apprised of the real-time traffic situation.

TomTom MyDrive app uses TomTom Traffic Checker to provide users with live traffic information.

TomTom MyDrive app uses TomTom Traffic Checker to provide users with live traffic information.

The app allows you to pre-plan your waypoints and itinerary before the journey and have them synced with your TomTom portable navigation devices (PND), instead of keying in the data directly on the PND.

On the journey itself, you can connect your mobile device to your TomTom (via the Internet) and receive real-time traffic information while driving.

More details from the press release below.

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New arrivals: TomTom Start50 GPS portable navigation device

Friday, September 4th, 2015

TomTom’s latest navigation device is in Singapore. The Start50 GPS is normally priced at S$199 but will be available at COMEX 2015 at S$169.

The new TomTom Start50 ships with Lifetime Maps, Quick Search function and Advanced Lane Guidance. With a 5” capacitive touch screen, drivers can tap anywhere on the map for an instant route to their destination.

The new TomTom Start50 ships with Lifetime Maps, Quick Search function and Advanced Lane Guidance. With a 5” capacitive touch screen, drivers can tap anywhere on the map for an instant route to their destination.

The 5-inch TomTom Start50 GPS features Lifetime Maps of Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Key features of the TomTom Start50 are listed below.

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New arrivals: TomTom GO 510 & GO 610 portable navigation devices

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

TomTom will be launching the new TomTom GO 510 (5”, S$349) and GO 610 (6”, S$399) portable navigation devices with Lifetime Traffic, Lifetime World Maps, and Lifetime Speed Cameras at the PC Show 2015 on 4-7 June. Discounts below.

6-inch TomTom GO 610 (S$399).

6-inch TomTom GO 610 (S$399).

Lifetime World Maps allow people to access the latest maps from around the world, including the Southeast Asia map, for the lifespan of the new TomTom GO device at no extra cost.

The new devices also come with Lifetime Speed Camera updates so drivers can always receive alerts at the locations of all speed cameras – both fixed and mobile, also for the lifetime of the device at no extra cost.

The new GO models feature fully interactive screens to pinch, zoom and swipe, as well as 3D Maps, a Click & Go mount, and the new ‘Drive Home’ and ‘Drive to Work’ buttons on the main menu to make the daily commute simpler and faster.

For the first time, drivers can use their smartphone, tablet or PC to review real-time traffic information, plan routes, and send destinations to their TomTom GO, before they get into the car with TomTom MyDrive, a feature which helps drivers to avoid traffic jams, and get to their destinations faster.

TomTom will be available at the  at the Newstead Booth 6000B during the PC Show at Singapore Expo, from 4-7 June, 2015. Prices & discounts below.

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Pioneer brings Apple CarPlay to Singapore with AVH-X8750BT

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Pioneer’s existing AVH-X8650BT and new AVH-X8750BT in-dash car multimedia receivers can now access Apple CarPlay in Singapore.

Pioneer introduces Apple CarPlay in Singapore with the two aftermarket in-dash car multimedia receivers.

Pioneer introduces Apple CarPlay in Singapore with the two aftermarket in-dash car multimedia receivers.

Pioneer Electronics AsiaCentre has announced the availability of Apple CarPlay in Singapore.

“Pioneer’s years of expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the automotive environment has provided us the opportunity to be among the first to offer Apple CarPlay to drivers,” said Isao Nomura, Deputy General Manager for Business Planning and Marketing Division of Pioneer Electronics AsiaCentre.

Accessible in Singapore on two of their aftermarket in-dash car multimedia receivers, the existing AVH-X8650BT and the newly-released AVH-X8750BT, consumers can now enjoy a smarter, safer and more fun way to use their iPhones in the car.

Apple CarPlay uses Siri voice control to enable iPhone users to safely enjoy selected apps on large, in-dash Pioneer LCD displays, while staying focused on the road.

With Apple CarPlay, consumers with the latest version of iOS on their iPhone 5 or later, including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can use Siri to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, use Apple Maps for navigation and listen to their music and podcasts.

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New arrivals: TomTom Traffic and 3 new GO GPS PND models

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

TomTom today launched in Singapore three new TomTom GO GPS portable navigation devices – GO 50 (S$249), GO 500 (S$299) and GO 600 (S$349) – as well as new live Traffic updates feature for their use in Singapore.

TomTom GO 500. S$299

TomTom GO 500. S$299

The new PNDs feature a completely fresh user interface with lifetime TomTom Traffic and map updates.

“Where navigation used to be about getting people to unfamiliar destinations, we are now empowering drivers with easy access to the information they need to make the smartest driving decisions, every day. The new TomTom GO is an essential daily driving tool, helping Singaporean drivers to get out of traffic, and get to their destinations faster,” says Chris Kearney, Vice President of TomTom Consumer, Asia Pacific.

They also ship with an interactive map featuring 3D buildings and landmarks, giving drivers the ability to know what is going on around them, as well as what lies ahead.

The new series of GO PNDs allow users to view traffic incidents in detail and receive traffic jam alerts, so that they can take the fastest detours available.

With a screen that easily zooms in and out, drivers can find, and explore places on the brand new interactive map, and tap on the map to get an instant route to their destination.

The new TomTom GO series comprises the following models and is currently available at retailers such as Challenger and Harvey Norman.

TomTom Key specs
GO 50

S$249

5.0” touch screen, Lifetime TomTom Traffic and Maps
GO 500

S$299

5.0” capacitive fully interactive touch screen, Lifetime TomTom Traffic and Maps
GO 600

S$349

6” capacitive fully interactive touch screen, Lifetime TomTom Traffic and Maps

Lifetime TomTom Traffic

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POTD: When your address is an expletive … expect tourists

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Did you know that there is an actual town in Austria which is called “Fucking”? And less than two hours’ drive to the east from Salzburg, you’ll hit the mountain named “Loser” which is also a popular ski resort.

Pit stop at Fucking, Austria.

Pit stop at Fucking, Austria. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Fucking is a tiny miniscule hamlet about 40km to the north of Salzburg. This Austrian town is about 40 minutes’ drive from Salzburg.

Located close to the border between Germany and Austria, the town comprises a cluster of houses on either side of the road.

I wonder what else is not allowed in this idyllic town. But seriously, that's just a sign to tell you that you're leaving Fucking behind you.

I wonder what else is not allowed in this idyllic town. But seriously, that’s just a sign to tell you that you’re leaving Fucking behind you. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

It is so tiny that less than 200m after passing the signboard that marks your entry into the town, you see the signboard that marks your exit from the town.

I’ve driven around Europe a fair bit and passed through many one-street towns – but Fucking is one of the tiniest we have driven through.

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New PND: TomTom Via 225 GPS navigation device, 5-inch, S$199

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

The new 5-inch Via 225 ships with eight Asian maps and offers map updates for the lifetime of the personal navigation device (PND). Now available in Singapore for SGD$199.

TomTom Via 225 has a 5-inch screen and ships with 8 Asian maps with lifetime updates. SGD$199.

TomTom Via 225 has a 5-inch screen and ships with 8 Asian maps with lifetime updates. SGD$199.

TomTom Via 225 offers free daily map changes, based on reports from TomTom’s global Map Share community of 21 million.

“The Via 225 is intended to make driving easier, and less stressful for Singapore drivers,” said Winnie Kwan, Senior Marketing Manager Asia Pacific, TomTom.

Map Share technology enables drivers to keep the TomTom map on their device up to date with frequent road changes, such as new speed limits and blocked roads.

The key features of the Via 225 are listed below.

TomTom updates its Navigation app for iPhone and iPad

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

TomTom has launched a new version (v1.11) of its Navigation app for iPhone and iPad. Users will be able to navigate to addresses found on the Internet, search with foursquare, and get the very latest TomTom maps.

Customers with an older version of the app can download it for free. For new customers, the app can be purchased for US$49.99 at the Apple App Store.

TomTom Navigation app for iPhone/iPad v1.11

TomTom Navigation app for iPhone/iPad v1.11

Drivers can now quickly and easily navigate to places they’ve found on websites and other apps by copying an address and pasting it into their TomTom Navigation app.

There’s no need to type as the app will automatically work out the destination and direct them straight there.

While v1.10 integrated Facebook with the app, v1.11 adds foursquare.

After linking foursquare to the TomTom app, users can search and navigate to their favourite foursquare places, checking in to collect points on arrival.

See Olympic London in 3D with Nokia Maps

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

The 2012 Olympic Games is ongoing in London right now. Nokia’s spectacular 3D Maps lets you fly through the English capital from the comfort of your home.

An aerial view of the London 2012 Olympic marathon route.

An aerial view of the London 2012 Olympic marathon route.

Get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Olympic city of London in 3D with Nokia Maps 3D.

The buildings are shown in photorealistic 3D models using imagery captured by C3, a leading provider of 3D mapping solutions.

CNN, in partnership with Nokia, has created some amazing flyovers of London using Nokia Maps 3D, showcasing the Olympic marathon route, an aerial view of the Wimbledon Tennis Club, a peek at the Olympic Village and even a spectacular glimpse of Hyde Park.

Explore cities that have hosted the Olympic Games.

Explore cities that have hosted the Olympic Games.

Nokia Maps even has a dedicated Olympic Games section that allows you to take a 3D tour of London, visiting all the must-see tourist spots, or gathering tips for accommodation, restaurants, shopping and famous sights.

TomTom to help ease London traffic congestion during the Olympics

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

There will be numerous road disruptions in London during the 2012 Olympics. TomTom will be providing – at 6pm every day – the latest map updates on road changes for the following day, via the Map Share community.

TomTom will provide free map updates to help alleviate traffic congestion during the London 2012 Olympics.

TomTom will provide free map updates to help alleviate traffic congestion during the London 2012 Olympics.

Good news for those driving in London during the Summer Olympics, which opens on 27 July and ends on 12 August.

TomTom’s map experts have predicted that 28 July is likely to be the most disrupted travel day in and around London with more than 9000 road changes.

The next most congested day is likely to be August 1 when more than 3000 changes will be made.

With the temporary road closures, changes in traffic flow and turn restrictions, TomTom will be helping drivers avoid travel disruptions with additional daily updates to their maps via the Map Share community.

After 6pm (GMT) every day, TomTom users will be able to download – for free – the following day’s road changes to their navigation device and reset any changes no longer required from the previous day for free.

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