TomTom More Closely Inegrates GPS with Cars
TomTom has reportedly reached an agreement with Johnson Controls which will allow them to add more features to their GPS devices. Johnson Controls makes/designs instrument panels and other modules for the interiors of cars. So what does this mean for TomTom?
Think about it like this. Your TomTom GPS device could be more tightly integrated with the rest of your car, and “know” things about the current state/status of your car. For example let’s say you are currently navigating on a route and you have 200 miles left in your trip. You car only has five gallons of gas left so the TomTom could alert you that you don’t have enough fuel for the current destination.
Recognizing that you are low on fuel, the TomTom could then offer to route you to the nearest gas station. This is similar to a feature that will be in the Garmin Zumo but hopefully TomTom will take this type of integration much further.
Update: The official release of this information has just come out which sheds a few more details about the integration. As an example, Johnson Controls has voice recognition technology which will allow you to use spoken directions to issue commands to your TomTom GPS. (Let’s hope that the TomTom’s spoken commands back to you don’t trigger false commands.)
Also discussed was a “Bluetooth Mobile Device Gateway” which will allow MP3 music and audio directions to be broadcast over the in car stereo. Hmmm…. That sounds an awful lot like TomTom Car Connect that we were just talking about…