Gloves on! TomTom goes biking
ALL-WEATHER SATNAV FOR BIKERS: You can even dial up the twistiest route to your destination - and gloves are no problem.
TomTom has launched a portable/handlebar satnav for motorcyclists, called it TomTom Rider and it'll be available in South Africa shortly.
We've been promised a price soon but can tell you it costs the equivalent of about R4500 in the UK.
The company says feedback indicated that bikers wanted to be able to choose the fastest, most scenic and - importantly - the most twisty routes to personalise their rides.
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TomTom says bikers can easily create and then upload their routes direct to their TomTom Rider. By downloading Tyre interactive software they can search, create and edit their own routes on a laptop or PC.
Alternatively, a unique ‘Upload Routes and Go’ feature enables them to upload routes directly to their device and share them with other bikers via Bluetooth.
There's also a feature that feeds voice instructions to the rider’s helmet via Bluetooth so they can concentrate on the road ahead.
The device also includes the introduction of a new 11cm, glove-friendly screen which responds instantly to touch and is designed for riding in any weather, including rain or bright sunlight. There's also a charger that turns on or off with the bike's ignition.
TomTom Rider includes free maps for the life of the product - four or more updates a year.
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
Users also benefit from free Daily Map Changes from the TomTom Map Share
community, which includes dynamic changes such as new speed limits and
blocked roads. Map Share helps overcome the more frequent road changes
and so avoid delays or detours.
Via TomTom Rider, users can
access Points of Interest en-route - restaurants, motels, fuel stations.
Personalised Points of Interest can be added.
TomTom’s IQ Routes
uses real travel times for each and every road shared by millions of
bikers, therefore providing the optimum route and arrival time.