|Name||In-car GPS: TomTom Go 950|
|Summary:||Simple and generally quite smart, but struggles with peak traffic|
I’ve checked out plenty of in-car GPS solutions but up until now, I’d never found one enticing enough to want to mount it in my own vehicle. TomTom’s top of the range GO 950 GPS finally broke that pattern, and has been stuck to my windshield for a few weeks now.
Turn the GO 950 on with its single physical button (the power switch), and its simple and intuitive user interface kicks in. Most functions are just a tap or two away, and a strong auto-complete feature makes entering addresses easy.
For buying the top dog you get maps not only for Australia and New Zealand, but for Europe, the USA and Canada. TomTom guarantee the latest maps: if there’s a newer version out within 30 days of your first use of the GO 950, you can download it for free.
The routes plotted by the GO 950 are pretty quick, although they aren’t quite as intelligent as the “IQ Routes” system suggests.
I found myself stuck in peak-hour traffic a few times thanks to the GO 950, where simply taking another on-ramp would have avoided the issue entirely. In theory, performance should improve as more users anonymously share their travel data with TomTom.
The GO 950’s voice instructions are clear, although it has the annoying habit of suggesting you “keep right” on the motorway (I believe it means “don’t take the current exit”). This is a rather ambiguous direction, and if you take it literally can put you in the entirely wrong lane for your intended exit.
Overall, I’ve been very happy with the GO 950’s directions. Annoyances aside, it’s managed to cut half an hour from my daily commute: to me, that fully justifies the price.