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March 31, 2010

TomTom Start2 budget sat-nav announced

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by Darren Allan

TomTom has unveiled a new version of its Start sat-nav device, imaginatively named the Start2.

The sequel is reasonably priced, but contains premium features to entice people to look at TomTom as opposed to the free sat-nav apps (such as Google’s) that are available on phones these days.

The Start2 boasts advanced lane guidance – which tells you what lane to get in well before a junction or turning – and it uses spoken street names in its directions, allowing the driver to keep his or her eyes more on the road.

It also accesses data on current traffic information, and employs TomTom’s IQ Routes technology to work out the best way to get somewhere.

IQ Routes uses historic car speed information that has been collated at different times of the day, to work out the best route depending on what time you’re travelling at.

As TomTom points out, this not only potentially saves time, but also money on fuel, which is pretty clever for a budget sat-nav (although the original Start had this feature too).

The Start2 consists of a small, pocket-sized unit, with a 3.5 inch touchscreen.

It will be on sale in the next week or so, and will retail at £119 (£139 if you want a European map on board as well as the UK).

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