Palmtop introduces TomTom© Navigator,
navigation software for Pocket PC© handheld computers
A powerful and easy to use car navigation
Amsterdam, September 10th , 2002:
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
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
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, O2 XDA,
Pocket PC phone edition, Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox and Toshiba Pocket PC.
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 citymap
Using breakthrough data compression and
de-compression 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 at the price of £269.95 (inc VAT). TomTom Navigator ships
complete with a map for one region (e.g. Great Britain) a GPS receiver, car stand and power adapter. TomTom Navigator does
not require specialised installation. Additional maps are available for most