Waze [App Store, Free] is a GPS navigation company unlike the rest. Instead of licensing a bunch of map data for their app and passing the fees onto the customer, they've decided to allow the community to create and maintain the maps. This is done by allowing users to record roads as they drive their cars. The result is a map that's always being updated with new info and live traffic data.
To make the deal even sweeter, Waze includes a game mode that essentially lets you play Pac-Man with your car! The idea is simple, find unverified "dots" and "road goodies" on the Waze map and drive your car to them. This not only helps you gain points, it also helps improve the accuracy of the map!
Navigon AG today announced that they have submitted version 1.4 of their popular turn-by-turn GPS application to the App Store. MobileNavigator [App Store, $89.99] 1.4 will include several new features, although the most significant will likely be the option to use Google Local Search to find points of interest from within the application. This differs from Navigon's current method of using a traditional POI database stored within the app, although v1.4 will still include it. The addition of Google will allow users to enter simple search terms such as "steak Chicago" to find listings for steak in Chicago.
Navigon AG announced that the company has launched a a Thanksgiving promotion for its iPhone navigation app, MobileNavigator [App Store, $69.99], as well as insights into holiday travel. During this time, the company is offering a special Thanksgiving promotion for its iPhone navigation app. For 10 days only, (November 20-30) MobileNavigator will be on sale for $69.99 instead of $89.99. In addition, NAVIGON’s Traffic Live feature is also on sale for $14.99 instead of $24.99.
Closely following the announcement that Magellan's car kit and iPhone nav app, RoadMate 2010 North America [App Store, $79.99] TomTom has announced that they plan to release a second car kit geared directly to the iPod touch.
Yesterday we told you about Magellan's new turn-by-turn navigation app, RoadMate 2010 North America [App Store, $79.99], the latest in a long line of navigation apps. You might also be interested to know that they have an upcoming car kit similar to TomTom's. Unlike theirs, both Magellan's app and car kit will work on the iPod touch and non-GPS iPhones,
being the first solution to bring turn-by-turn GPS to the non-GPS Apple handhelds.
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.
Earlier today, Dual Electronics revealed the XGPS300 GPS cradle for the iPhone and iPod touch. Unlike the TomTom Car Kit and separate navigational app, Dual Electronics' cradle does enable turn-by-turn GPS navigation in non-GPS devices (original iPhone, all iPod touches) via their GPS navigation app, NavAtlas, which is also sold bundled with the cradle (also unlike TomTom). Demo video (complete with sick beats) after the break.
Navigon AG has just released version 1.3 of its MobileNavigator [App Store, $89.99] turn-by-turn GPS app which provides support for the much anticipated Live Traffic feature. The new feature allows for MobileNavigator to determine the best routes based on current traffic data, crowdsourced from other Navigon users as well as other sources. If traffic issues arise on the current route, users are alerted and can optionally alter their route to avoid the congestion.
The new feature will be available as a one-time In App Purchase for $24.99. However, during the next four weeks, users can purchase Live Traffic at a discounted price of $19.99.
Google on Wednesday revealed a free online navigation service that will be a part of its forthcoming Android 2.0 mobile operating system. The company also stated that the system could come to the iPhone OS if given the green light by Apple.
Assorted navigation service firms say that Google is hard at work developing a mobile navigation app to rival turn-by-turn GPS navigation apps in the App Store. It is suspected that it will be free and ad-supported, and will provide similar turn-by-turn and voice command functionality found in current paid GPS apps.