TomTom, the maker of personal navigation devices and apps for a variety of platforms, released an update to its line of iOS apps today that includes the ability to purchase and use custom voices. The first voice available via in-app purchase for $5.99 is that of Homer Simpson, the not-too-bright father in the long-running animated series “The Simpsons.”
The full list of what’s new in version 1.7 is as follows:
HOMER SIMPSON VOICE: Directly from Springfield, America’s most popular Dad makes his way to TomTom. With the original Homer at your side, even the shortest drive will transform into a journey to remember. You’ll see, driving with Homer is as easy as 1,2 … doh! Available via in-App purchase.
LATEST, UPDATED TOMTOM MAP: Because roads are constantly changing, on average 15% of roads change every year, your TomTom App update comes with the latest and most up-to-date map.
TomTom hasn’t posted a demo of Homer’s voice for its iOS apps but you can hear what it sounds like on this demo page for the version available for the company’s personal navigation devices.
Unfortunately, Homer’s voice does not work with the app’s text-to-speech capability to pronounce actual street names to provide more explicit spoken directions. Despite this, Homer will be our default voice in the TomTom app going forward – though we’re a tiny bit ashamed to admit it, we never seem to get tired of Homer and his particular brand of cheerful dumbness.
For a full list of all of TomTom’s iOS apps, click here.