TomTom to offer real-time traffic info in Europe

Go Live 1000 navigation device, set for a European launch this summer, will offer real-time connection for traffic, weather, and fuel info on the continent.

TomTom's Go Live 1000 navigation device, set for a European launch this summer, will offer real-time connection for traffic, weather, and fuel info on the continent.

TomTom's Go Live 1000 GPS
TomTom's Go Live 1000 TomTom

The connectivity across 33 European countries will come via Vodafone. That service will be free for the first year and cost 50 euros (about $67) annually after that. The GPS device itself doesn't have a price tag or exact launch date yet.

The Go Live 1000 will feature a 500MHz ARM 11 CPU, 4GB of storage, 128MB of RAM, and a new user interface based on the open-source WebKit browser engine.

With TomTom's IQ Routes tech, the device will review past traffic patterns to plan routes. TomTom's HD Traffic system will analyze and show traffic flows and jams to continually determine the fastest route, the company said. The device will be able to download updates and new services remotely via an integrated modem.

The Go Live 1000 will be TomTom's first GPS device to offer a capacitive touch screen a la those found on smartphones, along with high-resolution graphics. Traditional GPS screens have sometimes been hard to push and thus less responsive.

There is no word yet on whether or when the device may reach countries outside of Europe.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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