TomTom GO LIVE 1000 Adds Capacitive Touchscreen and WebKit BrowserS

TomTom's claiming the GO LIVE 1000 marks "the first in a whole new generation of navigation devices," which just makes me think it'd be worth holding out to see what the second model does. Nonetheless, the capacitive touchscreen is big news.

I don't know about you, but poking and prodding at resistive sat-nav screens always bugs me—so it's no surprise TomTom's going the same way as phone manufacturers.

Running on an ARM 11 500 Mhz processor, the GO LIVE 1000 has 128MB of RAM and a WebKit browser.

A new interface, and TomTom Live support is also rolled into the new model, with the latter proving very handy if you need to stop off and find a petrol station or restaurant on your journey. The first year of Live support is free, but after that you'll have to fling a few notes TomTom's way to continue accessing the current, local info.

On sale this summer, TomTom hasn't mentioned prices yet.

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Amsterdam, 27 April 2010 - TomTom today previews the GO LIVE 1000, the first in a whole new generation of navigation devices, designed to bring real-time services to millions of drivers.

The new TomTom GO LIVE 1000 is the first TomTom product completely designed for connectivity. Based around a powerful ARM 11 500 Mhz processor, the device also showcases a new Webkit-based user interface and the latest capacitive touch screen technology.

The software and service delivery platform have been optimised for rapid integration of third party applications and easy localisation to match the needs of specific markets or applications. The back end server systems have been completely redesigned, allowing effortless delivery of rich content and downloadable applications, via cable or over the air. All this also makes the TomTom GO LIVE 1000 future proof. It will be much easier than ever before to receive the latest content and relevant information instantly.

Working with partner Vodafone, TomTom has pioneered an innovative new business model, delivering real-time connectivity seamlessly across 33 European countries for the first time. With the GO LIVE 1000 there is no need for subscription or activation, as a full year of services* is now included with the device. This suite of services includes TomTom HD Traffic™, mobile speed cameras and local search in 16 countries.

New routing
TomTom is committed to providing motorists with the best routing technology possible, developing industry firsts IQ Routes™ and HD Traffic™.

For the new platform, TomTom engineers were tasked to design a new routing algorithm that continuously scans the road network for the fastest routes, using these layers of navigation information. This has resulted in a patented super fast routing algorithm that sets new standards in accuracy and speed. And user interface enhancements give drivers a better visual understanding of traffic conditions.

Complete new look and feel
The new user interface and application logic have been much improved. To existing TomTom users, the product will have the familiar TomTom feel, being easy to use and rich in features, but it does that in a much richer graphical environment. The new capacitive touch screen offers crystal clear graphics at high resolution.

"Our customers are relying increasingly on their navigation devices and it is no longer about the destination alone, but also very much about the journey itself", said Corinne Vigreux, managing director TomTom. "The GO LIVE 1000 has been designed to make the journey a relaxed, predictable, safe and enjoyable experience. Thanks to our technologies we know the road ahead and what is happening on the journey. The GO LIVE 1000 will get our customers to their destination easier, safer and faster than ever before."

Richer and more detailed maps, covering two million kilometres more roads and addressable locations across 45 European countries, ensure drivers never have to waste time looking for valuable information regarding their route. Also, a new Park Assist feature automatically informs drivers of car parks near their destination.

*Availability of services will vary per country

Availability
The TomTom GO LIVE 1000 will be available in the summer.