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TomTom Launches In-Dash GPS

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TomTom Launches In-Dash GPS

Sick of sticking your GPS to your car's front window? TomTom has a solution...

The sat nav behemoth has joined the ranks of post sale in-dash developers with the launch of the 'GO I-90', a double DIN navigation, radio and multimedia unit designed to fit any car.

On the GPS side you'll find a pre-installed map of Western Europe with support for Map Share, safety camera alerts and EPT (Enhanced Positioning Technology) which calculates car speed to deliver uninterrupted navigation in tunnels. On top of this are usual TomTom stalwarts such as hands-free calling via Bluetooth, the Help-Me! emergency menu, USB for handset and MP3 player charging and audio playback and traffic management. One notable exception however is IQ Routes which calculates the fastest journey plan based on historical road speeds at different times of the day.

Given the I-90's double DIN format will also replace your car stereo, it also comes with a radio built in with FM/AM reception, RDS support, a 4x40W amplifier and optional third party steering wheel controls. You will however have to give up your CDs since no slot is included in the unit. Join the 21st century!

The TomTom GO I-90 goes on sale across Europe from December through '12V' specialist retailers. The 599 euro (circa £540) price tag isn't cheap, but can you put a price on convenience... or not having to rub off those little ring marks?

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Ben 3

October 21, 2009, 5:13 am

Of course if you don't want the rubber marks you could always get something like this instead http://www.proclipusa.com. Seems a bit cheaper!

Gordon394

October 21, 2009, 5:44 am

@Ben - yep, but you do realise I was being sarcastic? ;)

Kaurisol

October 21, 2009, 1:18 pm

@Gordon - I realise you were being sarcastic, but try one of these instead....





http://www.lakeland.co.uk/F/ke...





There are other suppliers as well, but they all seem to be about the same price. We use one of these with our satnav - no rings on the windscreen, and still portable between cars.

Wedge

October 21, 2009, 1:49 pm

That looks very tidy! I have a TomTom One and a Sony Bluetooth head unit already, but I don't have a double-DIN space in my dash. I'll definitely be looking out for suitable cars when I fancy a change. I wouldn't miss the CD slot as I already have my music on a tiny USB pendrive but would welcome a better way to browse the folders than I have to put up with at present.





I hope the silver button releases the main TomTom unit to prevent theft. I also think it's a small shame they haven't added a DAB tuner. I had the Sony in car DAB in my last car and really miss it now.

Premfab

October 21, 2009, 2:52 pm

Too little, too late.





Most cars nowadays have a bespoke stereo fitted making this impossible to fit - this means that this Tomtom is confined to older cars only. However, most older cars only have a single din slot, making this useless.





Had Tomotm release this and a single DIN version 3-4 years ago, they'd have cornered the after-market stereo market.

Chris

October 21, 2009, 4:13 pm

Yeah, I'm struggling to think of any new cars with a standard double-DIN arrangement... You can of course use fascia adapters to convert from a non-standard dash hole, but I've found these to be flimsy, prone to scratches and sometimes they don't fit flush with the dash or their colour doesn't quite match that of the interior.


Plus, if its going to replace the car's stereo then the audio functions and iPod integration better be up to scratch. Tom Tom don't exactly have pedigree in this area...

StephenW

October 21, 2009, 7:00 pm

At the risk of derisive comments, my Smart ForTwo (451 Pulse) has a double din setting and I think that this would fit very nicely indeed. In fact, next years updates will include a double din pioneer navigation/radio/bluetooth unit in some models. That, however, does include a CD slot. Call me old fashioned, but I'd quite like that backwards compatibility.





What I *do* like, however, is the design of the TomTom unit...it's certainly understated in comparison to its competition.

Premfab

October 24, 2009, 11:51 am

I understand where StepehenW and Chris are coming from, hence I was saying too little, too late.





Some cars will have a double-din available, but would you fit this? Other manufacturers (Alpine, Pioneer to name a few) have units that do far more and are in the same price league.





I have a 3 series BMW where I have used a facia adapter and changed the factory headunit to an Alpine one - does ipod, dvd, rear camera, satnav, bluetooth.





In my other car, a Renault Espace (where the stereo is in the boot), I've the an Alpine unit professionally cut into the centre glovebox. This does TV, DVD, ipod, rear camera, bluetooth, HDD player, satnav, 3 additional screens, etc.





If I was going through all that trouble, the Tomtom does not appeal because of its spec.





I really do like the Tomtom interface and its ease of use, but this is not enough.

MrGodfrey

October 24, 2009, 4:10 pm

I realise I'm going to sound incredibly boring for talking about road safety, but it occurs to me that such a system would be more likely to distract from the road than a GPS mounted on the window or on top of the dash. In plenty of cars, the slot in question is situated fairly low and will cause you to continually look down, whereas with the more common GPS setup your eyes do not stray too far from the windscreen.

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