Jeremy Clarkson voices TomTom satnav

The outspoken Top Gear presenter has lent his distinctive voice to TomTom sat-navs.

Fancy going on a drive with Jeremy Clarkson? Now you can: the long-serving Top Gear presenter, motoring columnist and walking opinion-machine in high blue jeans has lent his distinctive voice to TomTom sat-navs .

Let's hope he'll provide directions in a timely manner without the famous mid-sentence pause. You wouldn't want to miss a turning because Clarkson wanted to emphasise... the end of a sentence.

Lord alone knows the mouthful of abuse you could get from the notoriously mouthy presenter if you do go the wrong way. Should you miss a turning, the Clarkson-nav exclaims, "Turn right. You missed it! For the love of...!"

He also advises handbrake turns rather than U-turns. That won't go down well with road safety groups, we imagine.

It represents a change of direction for Clarkson, who has long been a critic of sat-navs. For more Top Gear action, you can now watch the show -- as well as the other BBC moneyspinner, Doctor Who -- on Facebook .

The sat-nav will also feature a Stig mode, 'voiced' by Top Gear's enigmatic white-clad tame racing driver. Fellow Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond and James May are reported to also be in talks to lend their own voices to a sat-nav, but who'd want to be given directions by people nicknamed 'The Hamster' or 'Captain Slow'?

Other sat-nav voices include the legendary Brian Blessed -- who wants "sat-nav on the Moon!" -- click here for our suitably shouty interview with the Flash Gordon star .

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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