TomTom has launched the GO LIVE 1005 WORLD featuring driver-friendly versions of popular social networking and online travel services. Marking an industry first in navigation, TomTom is making it safe for drivers to tweet their estimated time of arrival on the move.
New Search & Go LIVE Services - which include Expedia and TripAdvisor- will give drivers access to trusted online reviews and the best route to get there. This is the first time that online travel services and Twitter have been created specifically for a portable navigation device.
The Twitter functionality in the TomTom GO LIVE 1005 WORLD features an option to tweet your destination to your followers with the estimated time of arrival. The Twitter message is pre-set by the driver before they set off, so they can concentrate safely on the road without worrying about informing people when they're going to arrive. The estimated time will be updated before arrival to give more accuracy. All Twitter functionalities are optional - they can be turned on and off, depending on the user's preferences.
Within the Search & Go LIVE Services portfolio, the Expedia feature allows you to compare accommodation prices along your journey. TripAdvisor gives drivers access to live, impartial reviews for restaurants, hotels, spas and theatres.
Each of the new Search & Go LIVE Services has been created to work seamlessly with TomTom's map and routing technology. This means that once drivers have read reviews and selected where they want to go, they are automatically offered the best route to get there. The TomTom LIVE device will calculate the quickest route to avoid traffic congestion using TomTom HD Traffic.
Outside of the Search & Go LIVE Services portfolio, the alternative route viewer function allows drivers to view an alternative route from their device for even greater control over their journey. Making the most of TomTom HD Traffic, the feature gives an overview of the latest traffic on both routes, allowing you to select the one you prefer.
Drivers can now buy the device with maps of Europe, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia and Southern Africa pre-installed, so they can go wherever they want, immediately.