TomTom enters car radio market
Sat Nav manufacturer TomTom is to start selling in-car radio radio systems, but the new double height unit is missing DAB and a CD player.
The in-dash GPS system is designed as a replacement car stereo, and comes with AM/FM, USB and RDS.
The I-90 will also allow hands-free calling, traffic information and map share technology, and will only be available in Europe at a cost of 599 euros.
The question needs to be asked though, has TomTom missed a trick by not including any form of digital radio in this new unit? We asked the Digital Radio Development Group to comment to which Tony Moretta, DRDB Chief Executive replied: "We're disappointed that TomTom has chosen to go with an analogue radio solution, especially as it relates to the UK market.
"This is, however, a pan-European initiative and while the digital radio market in the UK is robust and growing, many countries in Europe are only now launching DAB and DAB+ services. Using T-PEG, DAB in a Sat-Nav can deliver around 100 times the amount of data that traditional RDS-FM can and we believe that this level of information will ultimately be available to UK drivers."