TomTom Announces Lane Changes, Other Features for Future Version of iPhone App

The TomTom navigation app for the iPhone [App Store, $99.99] will soon receive a major software update, per a company announcement on Thursday. Some planned changes include the addition of text-to-speech, a feature common to most dedicated GPS devices, providing an audio description of directions for busy drivers. The update will also include lane guidance, showing necessary switches at difficult intersections.

Users will also be able control music playback from within the app, and access a Help menu showing emergency contacts and directions. Updated maps are being bundled at no extra cost, complete with a new safety camera database. The latter can now trigger audio warnings whenever a camera is approaching, or a car is simply over the speed limit.

TomTom stated that the company has already submitted the update to the App Store, where it is waiting for approval by Apple.

The update will be free for existing app owners, but still $99.99 to new buyers.

The application requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later to install and run.

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