TomTom car adapter “should” work with iPod Touch


iPod TouchMacworld last week got a few secrets out of Tom Murray, Vice President of Market Development for TomTom.

The meat of it was that the TomTom’s Car kit wasn’t just going to just be a dumb plastic car mount for the iPhone.  The device will also have a dedicated speaker and GPS (and maybe some gyroscopes).

We also know from the article that TomTom will download maps onto the device (no need for 3G/EDGE), albeit with an eye toward saving space.

iPhone owners will be able to purchase and use the TomTom software and maps without the Car Kit hardware accessory; however, the Car Kit for iPhone was designed to enhance the software by addressing several of the limitations mentioned above. For starters, the Car Kit includes a separate GPS receiver that performs better than the one built into the iPhone; Murray said this receiver is closer to what you’d find in a dedicated GPS unit. The TomTom app uses this receiver when your iPhone is docked in the Car Kit, allowing for improved real-time navigation, especially in cities with large buildings or in locations with lots of trees or other natural obstacles. The Car Kit also includes a built-in speaker that provides better audio quality and considerably louder output, making it easier to hear spoken directions.

Interestingly, this knocks out all of the advantages of the iPhone over the iPod touch.

Theoretically, you could even use a Gen-1 iPod touch (external speaker) running the 3.0 firmware with the device.  There is no specific word from TomTom on compatibility, but there is no reason why it wouldn’t work with the iPod Touch.

The TomTom iPhone Kit will be ready “later this summer” according to TomTom.  No price has yet been set..