Amsterdam, September 10th 2002: Palmtop Software BV, developer of electronic mapping applications for handheld computers and mobile phones unveils TomTom Navigator, a powerful in-car navigation solution for Pocket PC handheld computers.
TomTom Navigator features the same functionality as built-in car navigation systems at a fraction of the cost. Based on highly detailed digital maps from Tele Atlas and the Global Positioning System (GPS) the software determines the current location of the user and provides on-screen directions and vocal instructions. If the user deviates from the suggested route, TomTom Navigator automatically calculates a new route.
Harold Goddijn, CEO of Palmtop said: "More and more people are discovering the benefits of navigation systems. It gives confidence to always know where you are and how to get to your destination. Navigation systems also give people the freedom to focus fully on traffic and to have a relaxed journey. The price of TomTom Navigator is such that a much wider audience can now enjoy the benefits of in-car navigation".
Annemarie Duffy, wireless and mobility marketing manager EMEA, Microsoft Mobility Group, said: "Handheld computers based on Microsoft Pocket PCs offer users a broad variety of innovative and very practical applications. TomTom Navigator is an excellent example, enabling users to experience the benefits of advanced and practical technology at a very attractive price. I am convinced that a personal GPS navigation solution such as TomTom Navigator is something that is highly useful to almost every Pocket PC owner."
Rolv Eide, COO of Tele Atlas Europe said: "Tele Atlas has over the years invested substantial amounts in developing high quality digital maps, the raw material for navigation systems. We are very pleased to see that Palmtop has now developed a system based on our maps, that is powerful, fast, easy to use and within reach of many. We are convinced that TomTom Navigator will help accelerate market acceptance of navigation systems".
TomTom Navigator is compatible with most Pocket PC's, including Compaq iPAQ, Casio, Hewlett Packard Jornada series, o2 XDA Pocket PC phone edition, Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox and Toshiba Pocket PCs.
TomTom Navigator is supplied complete with a GPS receiver, car mount and cigarette lighter style power adapter for powering the GPS receiver and Pocket PC. TomTom Navigator can also be used outside the car, without the GPS receiver, as an electronic city map application.
Using breakthrough data compression and decompression technology, TomTom Navigator stores larger geographical areas per Megabyte of memory than any other navigation system. All maps are available and installable as complete country maps, as well as 16 and 32-Megabyte size areas. This means that in many cases users do not need to invest in additional memory cards, thus lowering the cost of ownership.
TomTom Navigator will go on sale in the UK in September 2002 and will be available from Dixons and other leading retailers.
Maps are available for the following areas: Benelux, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Alps (Austria and Switserland), Nordics (Denmark, Norway and Sweden), Portugal and Spain.
Cheers ~ Arne
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