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TomTom Start2 and XL IQ Routes Edition2 satnav

TomTom has unveiled updated versions of its Start and the XL IQ Routes personal satnav devices. TomTom says navigation using the £119 Start2 and TomTom XL IQ Routes Edition2 devices will make easier than ever. 

The TomTom Start2, a lightweight device with a 3.5in screen, now comes with advanced lane guidance. This depicts all the lanes available to the driver and clearly marks the one that should be taken. Like its predecessor, the TomTom Start2 has just two buttons on its user interface, 'Plan route' and 'Browse map'.

A spoken street names feature announces the name of the road the driver needs to take. Users can get up to the minute estimates of how long a traffic jam is going to delay them using the TomTom's RDS-TMC Traffic feature. As well as providing details of the latest traffic situation, it provides details of alternative route, where applicable. The RDS-TMC Traffic feature costs £49 and is available as an accessory from the TomTom store

Fashion-conscious drivers can switch the standard black fascia for a different coloured one by buying a snap-on surround for £14.99.

IQ Routes, a TomTom-specific feature that takes into account the time of travel and plots a route based on likely traffic levels, was also available on the original TomTom Start. 

The TomTom Start2 is priced at £119 for the UK and Ireland version, while the European maps edition costs £139.

TomTom has also added the advanced lane guidance and spoken street names features to its XL IQ Routes Edition2 satnav.

The updated device also comes with TomTom's Map Share function that allows users to correct or update maps via the TomTom web portal and has simplified the start menu in the style of its Start and Start2 devices.

TomTom XL IQ Routes Edition2 users will also be able to take advantage of the live traffic information, although they will need to purchase the receiver and subscription to the service.

The TomTom XL IQ Route Edition2 with UK and Ireland maps costs £139, while the version covering western Europe is priced at £159.

Both devices will be available from TomTom in April.

The TomTom Start2

The TomTom XL with IQ Routes Edition 2

See also: TomTom updates iPhone satnav app

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