Some say that the smartphone killed Cisco
's Flip line of camcorders, and
some would say that smartphone-based navigation systems are slowing
killing the standalone GPS system. We still think those PNDs have life
left in them yet, but Navigon's iPhone
Navigation App definitely gives
them a run for their money. MobileNavigator has been around for months,
and version 1.8 adds some pretty killer features that haven't been there
before. Version 1.8 is the eight major update to the app, with this one
bringing a Reality Scanner (which helps to find nearby points of
interest with an augmented reality view) as well as safety camera alerts
as an In App Purchase.
V1.8 also has an
at-a-glance traffic gage and a new NAVTEQ map. Reality Scanner is
potentially the best new addition. It's a navigation industry first
reality feature for the iOS platform, providing an instant and
effortless way of identifying destinations close-by. Users
point the iPhone in any direction from where they are and
points of interest icons appear directly onto a live camera
indicating the exact position of the location.
On the safety front, the new Safety Cameras feature alerts drivers of
upcoming static speed and red light cameras along the route, helping to
potentially avoid costly tickets. The feature integrates the database
from the industry's number one safety camera detection company,
RoadTraps. This database provides access to over 3900 speed and red
light cameras in the US and is regularly updated to ensure the latest
cameras are detected. NAVIGON Safety Cameras is available as a single In
App Purchase of $4.99.
There's also Traffic Check, an easy to read, at-a-glance gage graphic
appears after route calculation and informs drivers of current
conditions. Moreover, the company's currently working on even
more updates, and only those with this most updated version will be able
to take advantage. Tempting!