TomTom's Urban Rider set for European summer release
By Paul Ridden
May 13, 2010
TomTom has updated its RIDER motorcycle GPS navigation system to give users a smarter, simpler experience. Now featuring an easy to use glove-friendly user interface with just two large starting buttons, the unit also benefits from IQ Routes and advanced lane guidance.
The first thing riders will notice about TomTom's new Urban Rider navigation system is the simplified interface. By no means the only motorcycle navigation device Gizmag has featured with a display screen light on menu icons, this unit's useful touchscreen now sports a start menu with just two big "Navigate to" and "Browse Map" button options, aimed at getting users up and out there as quickly and easily as possible.
The Urban Rider utilizes the company's IQ Routes technology, which collates data from millions of users to calculate the fastest point from A to B based on actual speed and traffic information. Advanced lane guidance displays "realistic" 3D representations of tricky roadway intersections, which should help the rider know exactly what's around the bend. Additionally, user-generated map corrections have again made it into the Urban Rider, thanks to the free Map Share facility.
The Urban Rider will be released throughout Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand (no word on US release) from the end of May. A UK/Republic of Ireland version will cost GBP249.99, with full European mapped units being GBP299.99/EUR299.95. Available accessories include a dock and RAM mount and mini-USB charger.
TomTom also announced the forthcoming release of a RIDER Pro version which will include a Bluetooth headset "for loud and clear voice instructions and for making and receiving phone calls when on the road."