TomTom launches live services, NZ voice coming soon

In-car GPS company TomTom has launched live services in New Zealand.

In-car GPS company TomTom is launching live services in New Zealand.

The new live GPS devices will operate off of SIM cards and allow maps to refresh every two minutes to provide traffic updates that include “incidents” – breakdowns as well as accidents - and plan routes around potential hold-ups.

Much of the data is provided by AA.

Not all of TomTom’s GPS devices will be live. The service is currently available only on the TomTom GO LIVE 1000 and TomTom GO LIVE 1050 World. Both devices come with a year’s free subscription to LIVE and will require payment to keep using these services afterward.

However PC users can access the service from their computers and plan a route before they leave the house. They do not have to own TomTom devices to utilize this service.

New Zealand is one of the first countries in the world to use the service. It is not yet available to Australian TomTom customers.

A spokesperson for TomTom also said the winner of TomTom's "Voice of New Zealand" competition, Ben Harper, had been recorded and his voice directions would be available for download by Christmas, as well as being on any new devices released.

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