Navigon Adds Features to its iPhone App

Navigon’s free updates include spoken street names, route planning, and a call POI function

Navigon AG has announced the first free update for the Australian version of the MobileNavigator for the iPhone, which has been submitted to Apple and will be available soon.

Navigon is claimed to be the first major navigation brand that has announced the submission of an update with text-to-speech functionality for its iPhone app. Instead of just saying “turn right”, the app now for example says: “turn right into main street”. This allows the driver to concentrate on the road ahead and not become distracted from looking for street signs.

Updates include:

  • Text-to-speech.

  • Location Sharing. This feature makes it easier to meet-up with friends and acquaintances. Users can share their own location, an address or a point POI such as a restaurant or museum with other people via email. If the recipients are also using the MobileNavigator, they can click on a link with the address or destination in the email to get directions. The navigation software starts automatically when the link is activated and guides the user directly to the destination.

  • Its Route Planning function enables users to plan a route with different destinations ahead of a trip.
  • The call POI function allows to directly call the number of a POI such as a restaurant or hotel by simply clicking on the number.

Users can now access the iPod functions while using the MobileNavigator. A simple click on the iPod symbol that is displayed in the map view makes it possible to select playlists, titles and albums with ease, listen to songs again or leave it to the device to generate a random selection of songs. Another click takes the user back to navigation. NAVIGON has also optimized the volume control when navigating and using the integrated iPod function of the iPhone at the same time. During voice announcements, the volume of the music smoothly fades out.

Automatic Day and Night Mode. Depending on the time and location, the map colors change. This guarantees optimal display visibility at all times and allows drivers to recognize the route as quickly as possible to improve orientation.