Last month's announcement of the latest TomTom Rider, a motorcycle GPS, came and went without much fanfare on the internet. We did a bit of investigating and here are some new features they've introduced to lure UK motorcyclists back to the fold.
The theme is similar to that of Garmin's Zumo units, with the TomTom Rider including Free Lifetime Maps and Daily Map Changes via the Map Share community. These updates are integral to planning out an accurate adventure, with millions of Points of Interest to choose from. The Advanced Lane Guidance ensures that you'll know which lane to be in and how much time you have to get over, excellent for travel on some of those busy interstates.
The PC Route Management program Tyre, was designed to help riders get a head start on the tour ahead. Pre-plan everything from pit-stops to backroad detours from the comfort of your home, then transfer the whole trip into your TomTom Rider and get out on the open road. Sharing is easier than ever with the built-in Bluetooth, you can send you favorite route or rest-stop when you meet up with another Rider user while on tour.
There are some trusted features that were carried over from the previous generations of Riders. The rugged style with a glove-friendly, waterproof touchscreen for one. Handsfree calling and instructions via Bluetooth, with the added bonus of data transfer now (as indicated above with the route sharing). Something brand-new that TomTom has done is include the sturdy RAM mounts in with the Rider, these mounts mean business!
As this new model of Rider will only be available in the UK at this time, we'll have to wait and see how it is received. North America may see a version of their own in the near future if all goes well.