An independent study of more than 8,000 drivers surveyed across Europe*,
revealed that people are putting themselves at risk from traffic jam
related accidents. On average, 35% of respondents admitted to being
involved in an accident when unable to brake in time to avoid sudden,
TomTom's unique "Jam Ahead Warning" feature (Photo: Business Wire)
While 64% of European drivers claimed to know the stopping distances
needed to avoid accidents, only 28% of drivers actually knew how far in
advance they needed to brake at 60 mph (100km/h) in their respective
countries. The vast majority of respondents drastically underestimated
the required stopping distances, thereby putting themselves and others
drivers at risk.
“This new research reveals a serious issue that we can now address with
our traffic technology,” said Corinne Vigreux, Managing Director, TomTom
Consumer. “TomTom Traffic has become so accurate that we can now
pinpoint the precise location of a traffic jam. We have developed a new
“Jam Ahead Warning” that shows drivers exactly where a jam starts and
crucially alerts them to slow down if they are travelling too fast.”
TomTom recently launched a new range of navigation devices featuring
lifetime TomTom Traffic. The new TomTom GO 400, GO 500, 5000 and GO 600,
6000 all feature the unique “Jam Ahead Warning” feature.
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Notes to Editors:
* All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total
sample size was 8,227 drivers from the UK (1,689), France (1,148),
Germany (1,351), Italy (1,441), Spain (1,359) and Netherlands (1,239).
Fieldwork was undertaken between 6th - 11th August 2013. The survey was
carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are
representative of all adults in each country (aged 18+).
Founded in 1991, TomTom (TOM2) is a leading provider of navigation and
location-based products and services.
TomTom maps, traffic information and navigation technology power
automotive in-dash systems, mobile devices, web based applications and
government and business solutions.
TomTom also designs and manufactures its own location-based products
including portable navigation devices and fleet management solutions, as
well as GPS-enabled sports watches.
Headquartered in Amsterdam, TomTom has 3,500 employees worldwide and
sells its products in over 35 countries.
For further information, please visit www.tomtom.com.
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