Figure 138: TomTom Services
TomTom Services is an online subscription service that lets your GO 920T access real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices, and more. TomTom periodically adds new services. For a full list of current services, visit http://www.tomtom.com/services.
Figure 139: Setup Wireless Data Connection
In order to use TomTom's Services, you'll need a compatible Bluetooth enabled cell phone. Once paired with the GO 920T, the phone must be powered on, within a coverage area, and located within 15 feet of the GPS.
Compared to Garmin's MSN Direct equipped 12v power adapter (which provides power as well as various online services, including Traffic), TomTom's Services feel complex to setup, and require additional hardware (a cell phone).
Figure 140: TomTom Services 1 of 2
TomTom provides a number of available Services:
Figure 141: Main Menu 3 of 3
The "T" in the GO 920T's model number indicates that the unit is traffic enabled, and includes an RDS-TMC traffic receiver that works in Europe and North America. Note that traffic information is also available on the GO 920T as a TomTom Service, which uses a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone to download updates instead of the included traffic receiver.
The GO 920T comes with 1 year of free traffic data using the included RDS-TMC traffic receiver, after which you'll need to subscribe at a cost of around $60/year.
To view traffic information, tap "TomTom Traffic" from the Main Menu, Page 3.
Figure 142: TomTom Traffic Main Menu
The Traffic menu, shown above, is home to the following functions:
Notice that traffic information status is reported in the lower-left corner of the Traffic menu. Figure 142 shows a full green circle, indicating traffic information is up to date. The following conditions are also reported:
Figure 143: Change Traffic Preferences
The following traffic options can be enabled or disabled:
Figure 144: View Map with Traffic Information
This is the map screen with traffic information displayed. The map centers itself on your current position, and any traffic incidents in the area are shown. Tap on any traffic incident to get more information.
Figure 145: Traffic Conditions Along Route
When calculating the route to a destination, the GO 920T displays any traffic events along the planned route. Tapping "Minimize delays" will force the GO 920T to route around any traffic delays. Tap "Done" to begin driving to the destination.
Figure 146: Traffic Sidebar
When driving to a destination, if a traffic incident is received that will cause a delay along your route, the Traffic Sidebar will appear on the right side of the map screen notifying you of the upcoming delay. Tap the Traffic sidebar to view more detailed information about the delay, and re-route around the problem.
I do wish TomTom had integrated the traffic antenna into the windshield dock or 12v adapter instead of requiring an additional wire on the dashboard. Still, the antenna worked well, downloading traffic data quickly, and the GO 920T does an excellent job displaying traffic conditions on the map in an intuitive way that's easy to understand.