TomTom Launches Navigation App for Parrot Devices


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CONCORD, Mass.--June 6, 2013: TomTom today introduces a new navigation app for Parrot customers, which is available to download from the Parrot ASTEROID market. Drivers with the Parrot ASTEROID Tablet and Parrot ASTEROID Smart devices can now benefit from world-class TomTom navigation with clear voice instructions via their car stereo.

“TomTom is known for creating quality navigation solutions that are easy to use”

"TomTom is known for creating quality navigation solutions that are easy to use," says Gerry Hinds, VP Mobile at TomTom. "Parrot customers can now experience the best navigation available direct via their ASTEROID Tablet and Smart devices. We have customized our Android Navigation app so that it integrates seamlessly with Parrot's premium ASTEROID devices."

The TomTom Navigation app is designed to make driving quicker, easier and stress-free on Parrot's large, semi-fitted capacitive display. Unlike other apps, the TomTom app uses on-board maps, which are always accessible even without a network connection and incur no additional roaming charges when travelling abroad.

This app includes TomTom IQ Routes which gives drivers the fastest routes and the most accurate arrival times. With Advanced Lane Guidance, drivers can clearly see which lane to take at difficult junctions. Also, the app will read out street names via the direct connection to the car speakers, making navigation even simpler. Finally, the hands free calling capabilities make it the perfect travel companions for drivers who spend a lot of time on the road.

Pricing and Availability

The TomTom Navigation app for ASTEROID is available to buy now from the Parrot ASTEROID market, priced at $34.99 for U.S. maps, or $49.99 for U.S. and Canada.

The app is compatible with the Parrot ASTEROID Tablet and Parrot ASTEROID Smart.

Notes for editors

Features of the TomTom Navigation app for ASTEROID include:

  • TomTom Offline Map
    Offline maps are stored on the driver's ASTEROID device -- so drivers don't need a data signal, or roaming -- to stay on the right path. Drivers can plan a new route, re-route if they miss a turn, or search for points of interest.
  • IQ Routes
    The world's biggest database of real travel times is built into every TomTom app. This way, drivers will get the fastest routes and most accurate arrival times.
  • Multitasking Capability
    Drivers can take calls safely via hands free. The TomTom app will continue to give visual instructions, but mutes the voice while drivers are on the phone -- so they won't be interrupted while talking. Or drivers can choose to receive voice instructions, with the TomTom app running in the background.
  • Eco Routes
    Driving with fuel-efficient Eco Routes saves money as well as reducing the driver's impact on the environment.
  • Multi-Stop Routes
    If drivers have multiple drop-offs or pickups in mind they can plan them all into one route, and know their final ETA. While driving, the TomTom app will keep the driver up-to-date on changes to their arrival time, depending on how long their stops take.
  • Clear Voice Instructions
    Voice instructions with Spoken Street Names let drivers know when they need to turn, change lanes, or take an exit -- well in advance.
  • Text-to-speech functionality
    Helping drivers to keep their eyes on the road, spoken instructions include street names, to make turnings even clearer.
  • Automatic Music Fading
    The app gently reduces the music volume when giving driving instructions, then turns the volume back up when it's done. The feature works with most third party music apps.
  • Millions of Offline POIs
    The offline map has Points of Interest ranging from gas stations to hotels, so drivers are sure to find what they want -- no data connection required.
  • TomTom Places
    Helps drivers to find anything from a local gas station to a supermarket, wherever they are.
  • Advanced Lane Guidance
    Clearly shows which lane to take at junctions so drivers don't miss their turning. On difficult highway intersections, realistic 3D representation of the junction keeps drivers relaxed and safe.
  • Navigate to Contacts
    Drivers can pair their phone via Bluetooth with their Parrot radio. Then, they can select someone from their contacts list and the TomTom app will plan the route so they can drive straight there.
  • Optimal View
    Optimal View ensures drivers see, and navigate, better: first, drivers choose the map colors they prefer. Then they select between 2D or 3D navigation. When driving by night, the screen's brightness will automatically dim, so drivers can keep their eyes better focused on the road.
  • Car Symbols
    Drivers can replace the icon on their TomTom app with a hot rod that suits them better.

About TomTom

Founded in 1991, TomTom (TOM2) is a leading provider of navigation and location-based products and services. TomTom maps, traffic information and navigation technology power automotive in-dash systems, mobile devices, web based applications and government and business solutions.

TomTom also designs and manufactures its own location-based products including portable navigation devices and fleet management solutions, as well as GPS-enabled sports watches.

Headquartered in Amsterdam, TomTom has 3,500 employees worldwide and sells its products in over 35 countries.

Parrot, a global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones, stands on the cutting edge of innovation. The company was founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux as part of his determination to drive the inevitable breakthrough of mobile phones into everyday life by creating high-quality, user-friendly wireless devices for easy living. Parrot has developed the most extensive range of hands-free systems on the market for cars. Its globally recognised expertise in the fields of mobile connectivity and multimedia around Smartphones has positioned Parrot as a key player of in-car infotainment.

Additionally, Parrot designs and markets a prestigious line of high-end wireless multimedia products in collaboration with some of the world's most well-renowned designers. Finally, Parrot is expanding on the UAV market with the Parrot AR.Drone, the first quadricopter piloted via Wi-Fi and using augmented reality and so with new solutions to address the UAV market for professional use.

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