TomTom rolls up in the tech news today for two reasons – firstly the Sat Nav (GPS) maker has found a new mobile mate to join it on its travels. Calling “shotgun” is BlackBerry mobile maker RIM which will bring a number of journey benefiting apps to the smartphone range.
BlackBerry Traffic will include TomTom HD Traffic – a route planning app which updates and notifies the driver of accidents and road closures and re-plans the journey where necessary. Along for the ride through the new partnership between RIM and TomTom are BlackBerry Locate and BlackBerry Maps.
It was recently reported that TomTom’s gadgets save our road users up to 50% of the travel time they would have spent without and RIM clearly aim to bring the same to our pocket devices on the popular BlackBerry range. Developers will also benefit from this union when they are able to freely embed content from the new BlackBerry apps into their own projects.
In that other item of TomTom news, the latest in the road-worthy company’s big ideas which has seen the arrival of a Caravan & Camping edition of the popular GPS, a new larger model for our smaller vehicles has just gone on sale for £169.99. The TomTom Start 60 scales up the size of the Sat Nav to a generous 6-inch touchscreen display, meaning you should never miss a turn or speed camera ever again.
Not only the size has got a boost, but the TomTom Start 60 also features general improvements to the guidance software and includes new features such as spoken street names and it will even help you park!