One day, we’ll all have traffic-dodging TMC sat-navs in our cars and we’ll all bump into each other on sneaky back roads and cut-throughs.
For now, only ten per cent of Brit motorists have satellite navigation, and only a tiny proportion of them have traffic alerts, so we like sat-navs such as the Evesham Bluemedia BM630-TMC.
The big deal is the silver box’s free traffic alerts, which will automatically re-route you if you’re headed for a jam. It works using a TMC receiver – basically an FM tuner – of the ilk we’ve seen in recent sat-navs like the Sony U50T and Navman iCN-530. Where the cute lil’ Sony costs £360 though, Evesham’s newcomer will set you back £400: a tad steep in our considered opinion.
Your money does, of course, snag you plenty o’ features. The mapping side of things is ably handled by Destinator 5.5 – the one we’ve seen on palmtop’s such as Acer’s GPS job – plus Navteq UK and Ireland maps on a 256MB SD card. Speed cam alerts are also bundled in, with a free six month subscription that rises to £30 a year after the gratis period ceases.
And the rest? Standard: a 3.5in touchscreen, MP3 player and jpeg viewer, car charger and wind-screen mount.
It’s available now for £400 at www.lowestonweb.com