Offering the unique features of TomTom portable devices, the Carminat TomTom can be upgraded with map changes and new content via the TomTom HOME service (that runs on a PC) and transferred via the SD card slot next to the display. This includes the Map Share service, where users can share localised updates that may not be picked up by the normal mapping process for some time (road closures, changes of road layouts, renamed roads etc). Additional sensors ensure improved positioning, while the display can also show radio and temperature information (depending on car model and specification).
The Carminat TomTom has a 5.8-inch screen and is fully integrated within the car dashboard, so it cannot be removed by thieves. It also has a RDS-TMC traffic receiver and supports the Help Me! service, which gives first aid guidance and can quickly route you to the nearest police station or hospital. Initially launched on the new Clio, the system will be rolled out later in the year for the new Megane and Scenic.
Initially launched on the new Clio, the system will be rolled out later in the year for the new Megane and Scenic.
TomTom has also announced its second generation semi-embedded portable navigation system with Toyota. The removable unit, with 4.3-inch display, slots into a cradle within the Fujitsu TNS 410 car entertainment system. Like the Carminat TomTom, users can update the maps and software via the TomTom HOME PC application. It will be available throughout Europe from Q4 2009. More info: TomTom
More info: TomTom