Doh! Homer gives driving directions

AMSTERDAM Thu Jun 18, 2009 4:29pm EDT

A model displays the navigation device 'TOMTOM Go 930 T' during first public day at the CeBIT computer fair in the northern German town of Hanover March 4, 2008. REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen

A model displays the navigation device 'TOMTOM Go 930 T' during first public day at the CeBIT computer fair in the northern German town of Hanover March 4, 2008.

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - "Woo hoo! You have reached your destination!" Homer Simpson, star character of U.S. cartoon show "The Simpsons," is ready to take you where you want to go.

Homer's voice can now be downloaded onto TomTom's navigation devices, complete with goofy laughs and exclamations.

"At the end of the road, turn left, then take the motorway. Ah ha ha, he he. Woo hoo!" a sample audio clip says.

You won't hear Homer giving directions in French, though.

"We have only released the product in countries where Homer's voice is not dubbed in the TV series," a TomTom spokesman said. The voice download will only be available in English in 14 countries and costs 10 euros ($14).

TomTom's navigation devices allow customization of the voice guiding drivers on the road and celebrity voices have long been an option for users of the popular product.

John Cleese, Mr.T and Kim Cattrall of 'Sex and the City' are among the most popular downloads already offered. Homer's voice is that of Emmy-winning actor Dan Castellaneta, who also voices Krusty the Clown and Mayor Quimby in "The Simpsons."

Voice samples can be found at www.tomtom.com/page/simpsons.

(Editing by David Holmes and Paul Casciato)

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