The mapping/navigation situation on iOS isn't exactly in the best of shape. The Maps app on iPhone
doesn't provide turn by turn navigation, so users have to turn to a third-party service to do so, whic is hardly elegant.
Now, Garmin -- one of the first companies to announce turn by turn supoprt on iOS -- has just announced the StreetPilot onboard navigation app for iPhone, which provides onboard mapping and routing. That means a hefty download, but the maps are local, so users can navigate without having to constantly ping a 3G tower.
Garmin StreetPilot Onboard puts the vast preloaded database and intuitive interface of a Garmin
nüvi into the iPhones consumers use everyday – without tapping into a dataplan. With ultra-fast map drawing, panning and zooming, the preloaded maps and Points of Interest offer peace of mind in knowing that wireless coverage and dataplan usage are not required to access maps or calculate routes. So just as with a nüvi, the maps and directions are always there when needed most.
With advanced navigation features such as lane guidance, junction view, 3D buildings, trip planner, trip computer, Garmin’s “Where Am I?” safety feature, and red-light and speed camera information, Garmin StreetPilot Onboard provides crucial information that a driver needs for daily errands, weekend road trips or family vacations. Users can customize the data on the map screen to show information such as arrival time, time/distance to destination or next via point, direction of travel, or elevation. Searching for Points of Interest has never been easier as the main menu’s search bar and in-category Quick Search seamlessly scan preloaded POIs and provide shortcuts and suggestions based on recent searches. Google Local Search can offer an open text search of Google POIs for those willing to use data. For even more dynamic content, drivers can subscribe to traffic data and fuel-price information.
The following versions of the Garmin StreetPilot Onboard App are now available: U.S.A. (Lower 49 United States for $39.99); all of North America ($49.99); and UK & Ireland (£44.99). All are available from the App Store on iPhone or at www.apple.com/appstore/. Live traffic data and fuel-price information are available via subscription using In-App Purchase.