CoPilot GPS is now a FREE route planning and on-board mapping app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. CoPilot GPS App now offers detailed street maps of an entire country or any part of the country and lets you store them on your mobile device – even when there’s no data connection. It comes with multi-stop trip planning too. What’s not free is voice guided turn by turn navigation with 3D maps, etc. You can buy these features from within the app for $20 which gets you lifetime update.
Some of the other features include:
- maps store on your device for offline use
- million of points of interest
- multi-stop trip optimizer
- walking mode
Czech company Dynavix just came out with a GPS navigation app for iPhone and iPad. It includes voice instructions and comes with maps which are stored on your device’s internal storage.
It offers some traffic avoidance features giving you the best option for time of the day, day of the week, etc. Unlike most other GPS navigation apps out there Dynavix lets you customize your app a great deal. For example you can choose a black or white style to match the colour of your iPad, as well as map colour, what information is displayed in the info panel, a theme, or one of the 3D cars. There is also a wide range of background options, which also allows you to select a photo stored on your iPhone to use as a backdrop.
Another cool feature is that you can import POIs from iTunes to expand your database to include radars or other landmarks.
Navigon’s newest MobileNavigator is out for Apple’s iPhone. It is called the Navigon MobileNavigator 2.0 and will be a free upgrade for those fans who already owned it. One of the biggest change in this version is that you have the ability to load the states you select so Navigon’s not a huge space hog on your precious phone.
Other improvements include a newly designed user interface and the ability to update maps from within the app.
- Navigon North America: $40 (iTunes)
- Navigon U.S. East: $20 (iTunes)
- Navigon U.S. West: $20 (iTunes)
- Navigon U.S.A: $30 (iTunes)
TomTom app was just updated. It is now higher resolution and is accompanied by an improved user interface for the iPad. This is the first release where TomTom is taking advantage of the capabilities iPad’s larger screen size. This marks version 1.9 and is a free update. It of course works with the new iOS5.
The maps and POIs are also updated and available off line with no data connection. The app costs $50 but like we said it is free to upgrade if you already own it. Some other features include the HD Traffic, IQ Routes for reliable ETA’s, integration with contacts, photos, music, email on your phone and ability to make receive calls while on your iPhone.
Garmin earlier this month announced Garmin StreetPilot Onboard App for iPhone. The app offers onboard mapping and navigation, preloaded database and the easy to use interface that we’re used to from Garmin. The maps and the app are completely onboard meaning you’ll never have to tap into using your data plan. You don’t have to worry about coverage, how much data you’re using, etc, etc. This will specially be handy for high data users as the U.S. networks are starting to use data caps for most plans.
However you still have the option to use data – say for example when you want to do a local Google Search for more POIs. You can even subscribe to traffic data and fuel-price information.
Here is pricing:
- U.S.A. – Lower 49 United States for $40
- North America – $50
- UK & Ireland – £44.99
TeleNav released a new version of the TeleNav GPS Plus turn-by-turn navigation application for the iPhone 4G and 3GS. The price is cut in halft to $10 for a whole year of service. You still got the initial .99 cent 30-day trial though before committing or you can just pay $3 per month. Even if you choose not to continue after the 30-day trial, you will still have access to free basic maps and non-voice guided directions.
Some of the new features include:
- “My Mileage” for mileage tracking – exports to Excel easily
- Traffic Flow Indicator on the navigation screen
- Maps have been upgraded and are now cleaner and easier to read
Other features include:
- Spoken directions with street names
- More than 22 million POIs
- Gas station searches sorted by price
- Multi-tasking support
- Automatic rerouting
Fujitsu Ten of Japan is releasing an in-dash GPS navigation system that works together with the iPhone. The sat nav system itself is called “AVN-F01i,” and with the help of an iPhone lets drivers find their cars’ location in a parking lot with ease.
AVN-F01i will be out early next month and will sell for about ¥90,000 (appx $1,121). The apps however are free. The app we’re talking about here is called “Doco Car (Where Car),” which uses augmented reality on iPhone’s camera to guide the back to his/her car. When the car is parked and iPhone is disconnected from the car navigation system, the application is automatically launched.
The idea behind Pioneer’s AppRadio is a bit different – we believe no one hads done this before. Pioneer has just introduced its new product range for 2011 and it includes the new SPH-DA01. At first sight the SPH-DA01 does not seem special. It incorporates the usual connections and a large screen similar to most 2-DIN in-dash units. The interesting thing however is the app developed by Pioneer which can be found free on the iTunes Store. And basically it brings your iPhone display to the main screen.
With this simple trick, Pioneer allows you to access the iPhone menus and other features such as GPS. At the moment there are not many details on whether the iPhone interface will be completely integrated but the main idea behind AppRadio is pretty solid. The system will work by connecting the iPhone cable – which will activate AppRadio. This is good since it means your batteries will be charged as you go but a wireless option would’ve been good too.
It seems that AppRadio is not the only thing that Pioneer has prepared. The company has already hinted at other applications for the SPH-DA01. Software update for the device will be through the microSD card. Expect it to see out late June this year. That’s all we know so far.
Honda is now offering “Internavi Linc” service to all Honda drivers for free. This gets you traffic and maintenance information, history for fuel cost, and more on your smartphone are any computer. There’s also new iPhone app for the Internavi Linc called “Drive Locator” which can show a route calculated at Honda’s information center on Google Maps. It doesn’t provide turn by turn navigation directions but you can update directions and see your location on the map as many times as you want. Drive Locator is not meant to be a full pledged navigation system and is intended actually for a person on the passenger seat.
Currently it is only available for iPhone but support for Android devices will be available within this year.
If you bought a Honda this month you can get the app starting March 18th. If you already have a Honda you’ll have to wait until June to start using the service.
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