Better late than never. Some automakers are finally realizing that their infotainment is out of date. This is the case of Italian manufacturer Maserati, which last July revolutionized the interior of the Ghibli hybrid with the introduction of a new in-car infotainment system called Maserati Intelligent Assistant (MIA).
TomTom, the road mapping and navigation specialist, will provide maps, navigation software and connected services to the MIA. Among the services offered are IQ Maps, real-time traffic information and destination prediction. All TomTom information will be displayed either on the instrument cluster, on the touchscreen or directly in the windshield (head-up system or head display in English).
The availability of the TomTom EV connected service for electric vehicles confirms the upcoming arrival of an electric range at Maserati. Called Folgore, its launch is scheduled for 2021. As a reminder, TomTom EV displays charging stations and their availability.
At TomTom, we also have a function comparable to "EV route planner or EV Trip planner" allowing the driver to "view on the map the distance it can cover depending on the remaining range of the vehicle".
If the battery life is not sufficient to reach the desired destination, the TomTom connected service indicates on the screen the nearby charging stations. In addition, a comparison of the cost of charging at stations along the route is also sent to the driver. Note that this function is also available for owners of cars with combustion engines.
The next Maserati models to benefit from the new TomTom services are the Ghibli, the Levante and the Quattroporte. Then, in 2021, will follow the supercar MC20 as well as the electrified range.
This "high-end navigation" intended for sports cars such as Maserati has something to delight Antoine Saucier, the CEO of TomTom Automotive, who declares that now "Maserati drivers will benefit from real-time connected services and automatically transmitted map updates so they can take the road with confidence.".