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TomTom Announces New Go Range with Navcore v7 Software
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
I hope it's safe to assume that as in previous new version releases, TomTom will make v7 available to existing device users. I'm just uploading some screenshots from the new v7 software and will preview them here once ready.


Cor, don't you read my stuff? I know it can be boring, but there is information to be had, you know. Rolling Eyes Twisted Evil 8)
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Price is 400-500 differs from country to country.

Not what I heard. Where did you get this from, if you don't mind my asking?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re price - the last photo (assuming it has not been retouched) of the presentation slides shows ...
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Availability:
End of July 2007

Pricing:
$499.95

(presumably for the entry model)

http://gizmodo.com/photogallery/tomtomgo720presentation/1975475
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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To be on the safe side, I'd carry on reporting to TeleAtlas as well. MapShare doesn't automatically do it and there's no guarantee that TomTom will pass on the information. Why should their userbase make maps better for the TA using opposition?


The two companies have partnered for a long time - TA's Map Insight is a very cool tool and I'd expect Map Share to be the same. A way for the two systems to benefit mutually might make sense, but I guess it is too early to tell.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gmonkey wrote:

The two companies have partnered for a long time - TA's Map Insight is a very cool tool and I'd expect Map Share to be the same. A way for the two systems to benefit mutually might make sense, but I guess it is too early to tell.

I'm sure TomTom is well aware that no matter how refined they make the software that runs their devices, customers judge their product in large part by the quality of the maps. While Map Share should help improve this perception for those who regularly update via TomTom Home, it would appear that the majority of TomTom users buy it and never update the content via Home. I'm just basing that on the release where TomTom recently announced the one millionth Home user even though they sell that many GPS units in just one quarter.

To me, this implies that a significant percentage of TomTom's customers won't be taking advantage of Map Share. I suspect Map Share will boost the overall percentage that use Home but I'm sure there will still be lots of people that won't. The Teleatlas maps that ship on TomTom's products or the maps that can be bought as updates need to be as up to date and accurate as possible. Hopefully Map Share can supplement Teleatlas' mapinsight error reporting and help them get much needed fixes in to their maps sooner than they are currently able to.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a sneaking feeling that MapShare is not going to do the business. I have come to the conclusion that TeleAtlas's license to Tom Tom might possibly have been negotiated to allow some user messing about. But noticeable changes to TA's copyrighted maps? I hardly think so.
The TT maps are known to be from TeleAtlas and they'll not take kindly to all us hoy polloy making our own mess of them and passing the information to be put onto other hoy polloy's TT devices - who'd answer for errors? TT or TA? - They'd argue from here to breakfast time that it was the other's error! Furthermore, Tom Tom have never told me they have survey vans like TA's, so just how they propose to verify anything at all is a good question. If you opt to get all the unchecked "corrections", when I put one forward today, when will you download it - 10 seconds after I upload it? - tomorrow? - batch processing next month? - next quarter?
I'm talking myself more and more into the belief that the new gear is mostly vapourware - selection of cursors my **se!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why do I have this strange feeling that TT are losing the plot.... On the other hand they haven''t put a foot wrong so far, so I must be missing something.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they have to keep sales up some how it will be Intereasting to see how this is going to work
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eldar wrote:
Why do I have this strange feeling that TT are losing the plot.... On the other hand they haven''t put a foot wrong so far, so I must be missing something.
Thanks Eldar. I had worried it was me losing the plot and flying a kite. It comforts me greatly if you too have some misgivings.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, let's see now. The latest maps are worse then they used to be, not because of Teleatlas, but because TomTom are trying to cut down on the volume of the data. We have a traffic (TMC) receiver which doesn't work. We have an FM transmitter which doesn't quite do the job either. In my opinion the X10 range was crap because of its shape. The ONE v3 is a perfect device, but no, we must have a screen which is slowly getting as big as the actual windscreen. And now we are graced with V7. What are these things behind the menu icons? Tabbed browsing? Where did they get their latest GUI designer from? Garmin? He/She/It couldn't even get the colour right - the "Citycar Lilac" is actually light blue. So. No real improvements, a few gimmicks, less attractive UI. BUT. Time and time again they proved that they know what they are doing.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently Citycar Lilac was designed by a committee and came about as a result of it being very popular with the majority of TT's customers.
Not so much that they know what they are doing - they've achieved escape velocity momentum through market share (off the back of the earlier innovative models) and will survive for quite a long time yet. But I reckon it'll catch up with them eventually if they don't start paying more attention to users.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will there be a level crossing warning facility?

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Will there be a level crossing warning facility?

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Ouch. Clap
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Will there be a level crossing warning facility?

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Of course, AND a Deep Ford warning (Navigate means you can float over them). Popular amongst the majority of TT users.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

clever move by TT and of course they can validate large number of errors via google earth etc.
By getting the user base on board they are really turning the screw on data providers to provide the goods in a timely fashion.
Interesting times ahead........
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