TomTom and Navigon announced updates to their turn-by-turn
GPS navigation apps for the iPhone
this week. TomTom's
update for its $100 iPhone app includes a number of highly requested features,
including text-to-speech directions and the company's popular Advanced Lane
Guidance feature. Text-to-speech enables the iPhone to read the names of places
and streets out loud. Advanced Lane Guidance provides a graphical view of
complex intersections to help you navigate.
TomTom's latest version also has map and safety camera
updates, a new Help menu, in-app control for iPod playback, and customizable
audio warnings to let you know if you're speeding or approaching a safety
camera. The free update from TomTom has been submitted to Apple
also announced updates to its $90 MobileNavigator North America iPhone app. The
latest version features an extended-destination search that helps you find a
destination even if you don't know the full address. You'll also be able to
move your destination pinpoint at any time.
Perhaps the best addition to the MobileNavigator North
America iPhone app is the availability of Navigon's Traffic Live feature. This
add-on feature uses real-time traffic information to provide the fastest route,
update travel times, and warn of incidents that might deter your trip. The
traffic data is gathered from other Navigon iPhone users, commercial fleets,
ClearChannel’s Total Traffic Network, and other GPS systems.
The Traffic Live add-on will be available for $20 for the
first four weeks after its release and will increase to $25 thereafter. There
are no ongoing service fees for Traffic Live, though a data plan is highly
recommended so that you don't incur additional data charges.