January 19, 2018

Smart move for smartphones Use your smartphone legally while behind the wheel

Leading portable satnav manufacture TomTom has launched a Hands Free Car Kit for smartphones, enabling motorists to phone and drive without breaking the law.

TomTom Hands Free Car Kit for smartphones

Although many new cars now come as standard with Bluetooth enabled media and navigation systems, TomTom’s new Car Kit aims to bridge the gap between portable budget sun-visor based systems and high end after-market solutions, which nearly all require professional hard-wire installation.

The new Car Kit has a built-in 2 watt speaker boasting a noise and echo cancellation system, which TomTom claim dramatically reduces background noise for the caller and removes ambient noise for the driver. Unlike cheaper systems, the device incorporates an extendable microphone which can be positioned closer to the driver to give extra clarity.

Full hands-free operation is possible thanks to Voice menu and spoken instructions, which allow drivers to connect their phone using the voice menu and spoken instructions. Easy-reach answer and reject buttons also mean calls can be answered or rejected, even when the phone isn’t mounted.

TomTomHands Free Car Kit for smartphonesThe TomTom Hands Free Car Kit comes in two versions to support iPhone and micro USB compatible smartphones such as Android phones. Two iPhones and/or smartphones can automatically be paired simultaneously. When connected via Bluetooth®, voice recognition functionality can be activated – enabling drivers to navigate and dial without taking their hands off the wheel.

Dual mounting capability enables drivers to mount the kit either on the windscreen or the dashboard/centre console, thanks to the inclusion of a self-adhesive disc.Other features include fast charging via the car’s 12volt power supply and adjustable grip to allow fitment to any smartphone with or without cover.

The TomTom Hands-Free Car Kit for iPhone or Smartphone is available in selected retail stores and online,  priced £79.95.

A TomTom Hands-Free Car Kit for iPhone with Western EU navigation app is also available, priced at £129.95


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