TomTom has just announced the new TomTom Hands Free Car Kit for the iPhone, which claims to offer the highest audio quality ever for loud and clear hands-free calls. The new car kit comes in two flavors, one specifically for the iPhone and another for phones with a micro USB connection.
The TomTom Hands Free Car Kit also features some advanced noise cancellation technologies, which dramatically reduce background noise for the caller and ambient noise for the driver, and comes with a detachable microphone that can be placed in the best position for optimal voice detection.
"The new Car Kit has been designed for safety and convenience." said Corinne Vigreux, Managing Director Consumer at TomTom. "With fantastic audio quality and new mounting options, we are making it easier and safer for drivers to make calls and use navigation applications on the move. With advanced new features, our aim is to help drivers keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road."
You can either be attach the new TomTom Hands Free Car Kit to a windscreen or to the dashboard of your vehicle. To fit it onto the dashboard, you would need to install a self-adhesive disc first. Since it features an expandable swiveling cradle, you can use your iPhone with the TomTom Hands Free Car Kit with or without a case, and in either horizontal or vertical views.
The new TomTom Hands Free Car Kit is available in Europe right now and will cost around £80 ($125). TomTom also plans to offer a package with the hands-free kit and a copy of the Western Europe TomTom app for around £130 ($204).
I have tried many of these easy-to-install hands-free car kits but never had any great success when driving at higher speeds. The ambient noise is always too much of a problem so it will be interesting to see if TomTom has managed to improve that experience. I currently use a Parrot hands-free system wired into my car stereo, which works very well but is a pain when you change your car.