TomTom recently announced it will partner with Renault to supply the navigation in the upcoming R-Link, Renault’s brand new integrated, connected multi-media system.
R-Link features a large seven-inch display, steering wheel mounted controls and speech recognition and integrated connectivity, offering LIVE Services, including TomTom HD Traffic – giving drivers the fastest route to their destination based on the latest traffic situation. TomTom HD Traffic is also known for its accurate traffic information for the whole road network including exit roads, slip roads and minor roads, which are not covered by competing technologies.
“In 2010 we made the Carminat TomTom connected with our LIVE Services and in 2011 we produced the first in-dash navigation system for the electric vehicle – the Fluence Z E,” TomTom Automotive managing director Giles Shrimpton said.
In addition to the smart navigation provided by TomTom, the Zoe R-Link includes new functions dedicated to electric motoring and range management. The R-Link receives information from the battery on its current state of charge, used to determine the available driving range of the vehicle. TomTom and Renault managed to sell 1.3 million devices until now, from which 400,000 are connected. The Zoe will hit the streets in September 2012.