TomTom Touts New Safety Features

TomTom Touts New Safety Features

Personal Navigation Devices are great for getting from point A to point B, but what about keeping you safe? It's a major concern, of course, and TomTom is working to make it even more of a priority. The company has this week revealed their Active Driver Feedback and WEBFLEET OptiDrive, two new features focused at further increasing TomTom’s safety and efficiency benefits for businesses.

Active Driver Feedback promotes safe driving by providing drivers immediate feedback on their driving performance via their TomTom PRO navigation devices, while WEBFLEET OptiDrive gives business management an easy tool to help their drivers drive more safely and in a greener way. We're told that both features will become available in Europe during the course of Q2 2011, and that a subscription to TomTom WEBFLEET is required. Further details are below, and we're hoping similar features roll out to North Americans soon.

TomTom Makes Driving Safer with Active Driver Feedback

AMSTERDAM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TomTom today announces Active Driver Feedback and WEBFLEET OptiDrive™; two new features focused at further increasing TomTom’s safety and efficiency benefits for businesses.

    “We believe that empowering drivers is a key success factor in promoting a safe driving policy”

Active Driver Feedback promotes safe driving by providing drivers immediate feedback on their driving performance via their TomTom PRO navigation devices. WEBFLEET OptiDrive™ gives business management an easy tool to help their drivers drive more safely and in a greener way.

“We believe that empowering drivers is a key success factor in promoting a safe driving policy” said Thomas Schmidt, Managing Director of TomTom Business Solutions. “The active feedback functionality truly puts the driver centre stage in the quest by businesses to improve safety and efficiency on the road.”

Both new features tackle the issues of fuel efficiency, driving style, idling and speeding.

Active Driver Feedback features include:

    * Fuel consumption information displayed in the status bar
    * Driver prompts when speeding, harsh steering and breaking, and idling
    * EcoStatistics menu providing the driver with a summary of their performance by trip, day or total

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I'm pretty sure my older garmin GPS has nearly all of these features. I have considered buying from TomTom but honestly is was mostly because of the voice packs you can download.

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My Magellan got stolen so I am thinking about either getting a new GPS or getting one of these new smart phones to be used as a GPS when necessary. The one thing that really ticked me off is even though I filed a police report etc the won't track down my device. It is a GPS so you would think they could track it down, but Magellan says they can't. This makes no sense as it is a satellite tracking device, but Magellan refuses to do it. I know it doe not truly communicate both ways, but it has to be addressable to be able to function over Magellan's network. So if they wanted to they could find it, but they refuse to do so.

The new Tom Tom units are nice with some great extra functions though. If I remember right they "Tom Tom" were the first to jump on the smart phone market as well with apps or other availability of there software on multiple platforms. So I am really thinking a 4.3" screen would be good enough. We don't really use GPS all the time anyway, but when it is needed it is great to have.

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nah... i pay for GPS when i get a TomTom... not some other crap :)

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I don't know DScheive from what I am seeing the phone apps seem to be more fully featured than most GPS units unless you spend 3-500 dollars.

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