Following months of meticulous research, the experts at TomTom’s Navigation Laboratory (NavLab) have discovered a solution to stop babies crying in the backseat. Project GAGA evaluated the full range of TomTom navigation voices including Homer Simpson, Bugs Bunny and Yoda, but only Lord Vader possessed the necessary force to turn tears into laughter.
When TomTom first came on the scene in the early 1990’s, I suspect being the purveyor of silly voices never featured in their business plan.
20 years later and what was once primarily a consumer electronics company is moving ever closer to becoming a pure-play software and services provider, as the market for navigation systems moves away from its proprietary roots.
I’ve made no secret of my disgust at Greenpeace’s recent anti-Volkswagen campaign, The Dark Side – it was misleading, divisive and downright ignorant. These raging activists took Volkswagen to task for their failure to sign up to more stringent CO2 targets in Europe, castigating them for lobbying against the proposed 30 per cent threshold that environmentalists were campaigning to become law.
Environmental campaigners Greenpeace have launched a spoof series of ‘Darth Vader’ adverts directly attacking Volkswagen. The two videos are a direct parody of VW’s mini Darth Vader campaign which were shown in the week leading up to this year’s US Super Bowl and the televised half-time ad break.