A completely new feature in the TomTom GO 910 is the text-to-speech functionality. In other words: the possibility to convert written text to spoken words by means of software.
For this the software uses human sounds and intonation to make sure the spoken word sounds natural. This enables the GO 910 to say streetnames and road numbers out loud. All this is done in an effort to make navigating with your TomTom even better.
For this new GO 910 feature, TomTom decided to use the software developed by Turin based company Loquendo, which is specialised in artificial speech-technology. Yes, that's indeed Turin, Italy.
This company has the technology to offer text-to-speech voices in a lot of languages, most of the times in both a male and a female variant. Of course, both UK English and US English are available. So let us present to you: Simon and Kate, both UK English voices, and Dave and Susan, both US English voices. These are the real Loquendo voices, which means they are also the voices present on the TomTom GO 910. Click on the icons to hear a voice sample:
You have to imagine that the voices of the 910 will sound even more realistic than these examples. This is because the GO 910 also uses Loquendo's 'Automotive Solution'. Part of that solution is a set of texts which are optimized for navigation. Think samples like "in 100 meters...", "on the roundabout..." and "go left..." here. By means of 'ordinary' text-to-speech it's possible to add very specific information to the instructions like eg.: