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TomTom launches Via 130 with voice control technology

In accordance with its policy of releasing as many products as possible, TomTom has launched the Via 130 – with its new Speak & Go technology.

The device, which is also the pioneer model for TomTom’s lifetime free daily map updates, aims to deliver ‘safe and simple’ driving by reducing the need for physical input during operation.

Instead, drivers can control the device through spoken commands – with the ability to make hands-free phone calls also achievable. This means drivers can keep their hands on the wheel, allowing their focus to remain uninterrupted.

Safer driving

“The new Speak & Go feature helps increase focus and concentration by allowing users to keep their hands on the wheel,”

said Corinne Vigreux, Managing Director of TomTom.

“Just say an address, a Point of Interest or simply ‘take me home’, and TomTom plans your route straight away.  Interacting with your navigation device has never been easier; it slots perfectly into your everyday drive.”

This intuitive interaction is generated from the devices ability to recognise an impressive 1,000 commands, with synonymic variations also understood. This aims to allow drivers to talk naturally when issuing their commands, ensuring that the system does not create more problems than it solves.

Of course, this is just one of the numerous developments to have been made to satellite navigation devices recently, with TomTom continually offering updates and additional features to enhance the services which they offer to customers.

Latest of several TomTom launches

Some of their latest updates have seen iconic characters lend their voices to the system, with even Darth Vader offering directions to TomTom users.

Caravan owners also got a helping hand from the technology giant with the launch of a navigational device designed specifically for caravans and campers.

Those interested in the free update system and the new Speak & Go feature can find them on two different models: the Via 130 and its slightly larger brother, the Via 135.

Specifications and features are identical between the two models, with the Via 135 simply benefitting from a 5 inch screen as opposed to the Via 130’s smaller 4.3 inch display.

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