Do we need a back-up plan for the 04th December?

Do we need a back-up plan for the 04th December?

9th October 2017

Do we need a back-up plan for the 04th December?

Thanks for heading over to my Blog. Today, I’m blogging about the roll-out and implementation date of the new driving test, but in particular, I’m focusing on the Sat-Nav. So with the new revised test coming in soon, what could possibly go wrong?

Now, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that the new revised test is being implemented on the 04th December 2017. As of yet, there are no delays to this date, and nor can I see any delays whatsoever, so if you hear any rumours on any Facebook groups then don’t believe any of these at all. A rumour is exactly that, a rumour.

However, we do know that there is a slight problem with the Sat-Nav of choice being used by the DVSA (the TomTom 52) and this is that they need updating and therefore, the DVSA have sent them back for an upgrade.

Why? Well, the reason for the upgrade is that during the final evaluation of the product the DVSA thought it needed a voice update, in particular, to the roundabout guidance.

So, what does this mean for you? The simple answer is nothing really. The more complicated answer is that if you’ve already purchased the TomTom 52 then it may be a good idea to update the software once it’s been released.

Or, if you haven’t already, but you’re thinking of buying the same Sat-Nav as the one being used by the DVSA, then when you get your product, it’s best to check what version of software is installed and maybe consider updating the software yourself, that’s if it didn’t come with the latest version already pre-installed. This is quite a fairly easy process to do.

I’ve no idea when the new software will be ready but the guys over at TomTom are working on this as we speak and I’ve been advised to wait out for a statement by TomTom informing me that a new software update has been released to the public. As soon as I know, I’ll let you know.

But when it does get released, I would advise you to update your software on your TomTom. To do this, all you have to do is simply head over to their website  and click on the Software Updates link on their menu. There you will find a full tutorial on how to update your TomTom. If you get stuck, or need any help or advice then just send me a quick email and I’ll do my best to help you out where I can.

So, this brings me on to my article heading “Do we need a back-up plan for the 04th December”?

The easy answer to this is a big fat NO. At worst, and in the worst-case scenario, all that could come close to jeopardising the implementation of the new revised test now would be a delay to the upgrade to the Sat-Nav. This is very unlikely as the guys at TomTom still have just shy of two months to do the upgrade. The default voice will be a female voice and her name is Serena. My advice would be to leave it on this voice setting as the default, but do try out a different voice if this is not to your liking. I would however ensure before setting a different default voice setting that the new voice you choose gives directions exactly like Serena does. This is just in case TomTom does not upgrade all the other voice options available to this model of TomTom.

If, and it’s a very BIG if, TomTom does not manage to turn around the upgrade in time, then the DVSA examiners would just give voice directions as per the current test now.

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