TomTom has built a "super sat-nav" that it believes is "the future of driving". Say hello, directionally-challenged readers, to the Go Live 1000.
So, what does it do? Well, it gets you from A to B, mostly, but TomTom has crammed in a gang of advanced features, most notably a 5-inch, capacitive touchscreen display that lets you zoom in and out of maps using pinchy, stretchy iPhone-style multitouch gestures.
Inside, TomTom's fitted a faster processor that allows quicker route calculation (and re-calculation for when you get lost) and IQ routes, to more accurately calculate the length of your journey based on real speed data collected from other TomTom users.
The Go Live 1000 takes advantage of TomTom's Live Services bundle, which uses a built-in SIM card and mobile phone gubbins to download data over the air. Services include speed camera alerts, local five-day weather forecasts, and a system that lets you find the lowest fuel prices either in your vicinity or along your entire route.
The Go Live 1000 also comes with Local Search with Google, which lets you find shops, businesses and other points of interest in your vicinity using data from everyone's favourite search overlord.
Anyone who regularly gets stuck in traffic will be pleased to hear the Go Live 1000 comes with TomTom's HD Traffic service -- an add-on that normally costs £47.50 per annum -- free for a year. This, the company says, provides the most up to date traffic information as, unlike rival services, it covers both motorways and secondary roads and is updated every 3 minutes.
As an added bonus, the Go Live 1000 works as an audio player, so you can listen to audio books as you drive, and is compatible with TomTom Voices, so you have your directions read out by just about anyone from Dora the Explorer to Snoop Dogg.