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TomTom to make iOS app social, reorganize GPS lineup

updated 01:00 pm EST, Wed January 11, 2012

Future iOS app will guide to network contacts

TomTom has announced a series of upcoming product changes at CES. Of special note is the company's iOS app, which will see a v1.10 update later this quarter. The new app will sport an unusually high level of social network integration, allowing people to pull information from Facebook and Twitter to navigate to friends, places, and events. Working in the other direction, people will also be able to share destinations and arrival times, whether via Facebook, Twiiter, email, or SMS.

In terms of dedicated GPS units, the company is planning to release an updated collection in the spring, simplified into three tiers. The Start series will focus mostly on basic features, such as lane guidance and spoken street names. Buyers will, however, have access to gas prices, as well as lifetime map and/or traffic updates.

The VIA line will upgrade to instant routing and Bluetooth, as well as voice recognition, better lane guidance, enhanced graphics, and slimmer designs with integrated mounts. The most expensive options will be in the GO LIVE line, among them capacitive touch, TomTom HD Traffic, a "click-and-go" mount, dynamic instant routing, and special apps and services.

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  1. lysolman

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    for the win!

  1. ElectroTech

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    Social links while driving?

    What a dumb idea. A GPS should help you drive and not distract you. I hope that no one gets hurt and if they do have an accident while using this idiotic feature while driving, I hope that they are able to take TomTom to the cleaners and sue them for millions.

  1. Flying Meat

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    Joined: Jan 2007


    While I agree that

    social features on devices used for navigating a vehicle are an absurd addition, that basically constitute feature bloat (since in the case of the smart phone, many of these features already exist) I don't think their use/misuse while driving is the vendors fault.

  1. qazwart

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    Read the Article

    The purpose of the "Social Integration" isn't to allow you to tweet and play Farmville as you drive. The integration will allow you to take a Tweet or a Facebook entry and use it to navigate to a particular place. Imagine if someone you're following just tweeted they're now at a particular place. You could use that Tweet to navigate to the place.

    My main concern is the price: They want $50 for it. Their competition, Waze is free. That's a steep premium.

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