The remaining features of LIVE also revolve around the built-in mobile data link. The Fuel Prices system links into the petrol station category of the Points of Interest database, allowing you not only to find convenient pumps, but also the cheapest ones. These can be nearby, on your route, or at any location you choose. The prices are regularly updated for each fuel type, and we have found them generally accurate.
LIVE also incorporates Google Local Search. This provides access to a much larger database of Points of Interest than is stored locally on the device, and also goes far beyond the usual categories. So you will be able to find things like dog rescue centres and racing tracks by name and approximate location alone, without needing the full address. The mobile data link is also used to download the very latest safety camera locations and weather forecast information for any destination, including Europe.
However, although the XL LIVE is cheaper than any current GO LIVE, or indeed any member of the GO range, the LIVE services cost exactly the same. So you get a three month trial in the box, but after that prices start at £7.99 a month. This does also include safety camera updates, but it will be a mere two years before the subscription costs equal that of the unit. As undeniably good as LIVE is, therefore, you still need to be a frequent traveller to justify the extra expense.
On a more prosaic level, the XL LIVE is currently only available with full European maps for 42 countries. But this is also the first UK LIVE device to be offered with HD Traffic functionality beyond the UK, although this still only covers Germany, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands. This feature will be rolled out to the GO LIVE range before the end of 2009.
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