Tomtom Car GPS Units for US?

Discussion in 'General' started by Jay, Nov 25, 2023.

  1. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    I went to Tomtom's website today to shop for a new GPS and was surprised to find no units for sale to the US market. :( Some units are still for sale in Europe with European maps.

    Tomtom's car nav website isn't exactly well organized or complete, so I googled to see if anyone else noticed. I find some witnesses. Posts a month old have the same query as me.

    I was hoping to find a unit with a nicer screen and wifi update. Long time Tomtom user here with a long face...
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  2. litesong

    litesong litesong

    I remember some old routes that were discontinued before 1950. I used to bicycle those abandoned routes as a kid in the 1950's. Those presently non-thru routes are listed AS thru-routes on my Tom Tom from the latter 1990's. & when I say "before 1950", those routes may have been discontinued even decades before 1950. It’s old data like this, that has had some drivers steering their vehicles into lakes or rivers.
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  3. Trollbait

    Trollbait Well-Known Member

    I think my Subaru's factory Nav is by Tom Tom.
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  4. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Yeah, ya got the right vehicle when Tom Tom sends ya down a cowpath into the watering lake.
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  5. Trollbait

    Trollbait Well-Known Member

    Also Stellantis and Mazda.

    Tomtom has an app, and started an open source map data foundation with Amazon and Meta.

    Want the Brian Blessed voice.
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  6. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Tom Tom who?

    The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid also had a Tom Tom-based nav unit.
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  7. Trollbait

    Trollbait Well-Known Member

    Came across a corporate report. Sounds like most of Tomtom's income is from commercial business; fleets and factory navs. With the prevalence of smart phones, makes sense personal nav system market is shrinking. Even a few cars have something phone based for the 'factory' option.
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  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Jay:

    It just means times a changing... I have not posted a TomTom article in probably 5 years or more and there was simply nothing coming from them that made me want to move away from Garmin. In a similar light, I am glad that Garmin carries on with updated portable NAVIs and I have my own bevy of them. I am worried that long term, they will go away too. :(

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  9. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    The infotainment gps is the best way to go, I think. The unit is integrated into the dash and looks like it belongs there. It gets cooled by internal fans and usually has a well tuned external shark-fin antenna. My sub-$100 Tomtom unit sitting on the dash is ugly and the cable uglier. It gets plenty of hot sun and no cooling. It can shut down if it gets too hot up there. But the OEMs break your arm for the infotainment gps. Stupidly expensive and often they want to rope you into a package of options that are complete deal-killers. No thanks. No thanks to the smart-phone gps units either. I feel they are a privacy problem anywhere you go--even on foot. I realize it has been a dying market for the discreet car gps but that has been the case for decades. I can update the discreet unit every 3 months and don't have to depend on the car manufacturer for their bi-annual update. I can retire an older discreet unit to my motorcycle and not cry or fret over it if it falls or gets stolen. I thought there were enough guys like me to keep the market alive but I guess not.
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  10. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I never looked beyond Garmin once I sampled their products. And I have purchased many though it has been many years since my last purchase. Still working naturally.

    edit: It seems Garmin is more interested in expensive watches these days. No thank you.
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  11. 08EscapeHybrid

    08EscapeHybrid Moderator

    When I used stand alone GPS units, TomTom was my brand. When I moved to smart phones in 2003 (yes, I was a VERY early adopter of smart phones) I ran the TomTom app on my Windows Mobile HP IPAQ.

    I've pretty much been using Waze almost exclusively for many years now.
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  12. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I knew that as Compaq IPAQ, but then I worked there around that time. I never made good use of mine. I arrived relatively late to the smartphone scene.
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  13. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    With the mass adoption of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay providing Google Maps to the std. 7", 8", 10", 12.3" or larger central touchscreen displays, the days of portable Navigation is certainly numbered. That said, I still enjoy seeing the Garmin fire up and display its data. Even if it is just for the accurate Trip A/B miles traveled and especially real time elevation. The OEMs and Google refuse to provide those outside of the Elevation details in some of the VW/Audi/Porsche offerings.

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