TomTom Buddies get friendly

TomTom’s just unveiled a bunch of new and updated features for its iconic GO sat-navs, including an intriguing friend-tracking mode.Called TomTom Budd

TomTom’s just unveiled a bunch of new and updated features for its iconic GO sat-navs, including an intriguing friend-tracking mode.

Called TomTom Buddies, the feature lets you track your mates wherever you go – and in return, they get to track you too.

All you do is invite other TomTom users – you’ll have to shun your Garmin and Navman chums - to be your authorised ‘buddy’. The idea is that the Buddies service will be like an exclusive club through which you can send each other text messages and locations you think are interesting.

If you feel like being a loner for a bit you can select the privacy option which lets you hide your location. Plus, if any of your Buddies keep sending you naff Points of Interest – dodgy McDonald drive-ins, for example - you can delete them.

TomTom has a few other new goodies, too. Chief is support for audiobooks so you can listen to Dan Brown via Audible, but there are also pre-installed safety cameras for the entire GO range (the 910's pictured above) and TomTom Quick GPS Fix, which’ll pinpoint your exact position in record time.

The new services are available on a pick’n’mix basis, so you don’t have to subscribe to the lot. When we get the prices in the next few weeks, we’ll give you a shout.

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