NAVIGON Adds Real-Time Weather Information and Clever Parking to iPhone GPS App
New Release Also Includes Latest NAVTEQ Maps and iOS4 Multitasking Support
Hamburg, Germany July 12, 2010 —NAVIGON AG, a leading provider of mobile phone on-board navigation, today announced a significant update for MobileNavigator, the most feature-rich navigation app available on the iPhone platform. In addition to the iOS 4 integration, update 1.6.0 delivers the following new features: Live Weather, Clever Parking, updated NAVTEQ maps, Destination Information Display, Pedestrian Mode Voice Guidance and Enhanced Reality View™ Pro. The new release also brings NAVIGON MyRegion, the regional version of MobileNavigator, to the same feature level as MobileNavigator North America.
“MobileNavigator 1.6.0 delivers an efficient and informative navigation experience, helping drivers arrive stress-free and on time,” said Gerhard Mayr, vice-president worldwide mobile phones & new markets, NAVIGON. “Today MobileNavigator is the most feature-rich iPhone navigation app available. With the latest update we not only added new driving related features such as Weather Live and Clever Parking but also improved the way information is presented in our new Destination Information Display.”
Live Weather updates and reports current weather conditions along the route and at the destination in real-time. Ensuring no unpleasant surprises, temperature and weather condition icons display in the route overview screen before and during navigation. With only a tap even a detailed three-day forecast is available. NAVIGON MobileNavigator is the first iPhone navigation app to include a Clever Parking feature, giving drivers the advantage of knowing where and what the best parking options are available around the upcoming location. When approaching the destination, a “P” icon appears in the map view. In one tap an easy to scroll list of all available parking options is provided, including distance from destination for easy decision-making. The Destination Information Display provides an at-a-glance overview and summary of information pertaining to the destination. Users can customize what is shown in settings/options, such as parking locations, weather information and specific POI’s such as all the restaurants at around the upcoming destination. This allows users to get an overview of everything that is important to them ahead of time, so they know what to expect and where to go when arriving.
Compatible with iOS 4, update 1.6.0 includes the much anticipated multitasking* compatibility, which provides continuous navigation and turn-by-turn directions while running other applications simultaneously. Users can, for example, take a call without sacrificing navigation. While on the go, and receiving a call, the voice guided turn-by-turn directions automatically turn down to be heard only by the driver and one tap lets the screen continue to provide route and navigation information in the map mode. MobileNavigator runs in the background while accessing other apps and functionalities of the iPhone, so the app can continue to automatically calculate and update routing information and provide voice guided turn-by-turn directions. When switching back to MobileNavigator, the user picks up exactly the place where left. The update also includes enhanced Retina display buttons and icons for the iPhone 4.
For those who use MobileNavigator when not behind the wheel, Pedestrian Mode Voice Guidance delivers voice directions as well as voice over menu guidance. Now while in pedestrian mode users get the same “turn-by-turn” directions as if they were behind the wheel and can set the voice support to handle navigating within the applications menu options for a more hands free experience. Reality View 3D has also been enhanced, with a new look. Updated and refined graphics make the views of the road even more at-a glance friendly.
Version 1.6.0 Feature Highlights:
Destination Information Display
iOS 4 integration
Enhanced Retina display buttons and icons for the iPhone 4
Latest NAVTEQ Maps
Pedestrian Mode Voice Guidance
Enhanced Reality View™ Pro and display of street names in the map view
NAVIGON MyRegion, the regional version of NAVIGON’s iPhone navigation app, has been renamed to MobileNavigator US MyRegion East, Central and West. This takes into account the fact that NAVIGON has updated the MyRegion app to the exact same feature set as MobileNavigator North America, including the In App Purchase Panorama View 3D. The regional version will receive the same updates as MobileNavigator North America in the future; the only difference is the price and the map coverage. NAVIGON MobileNavigator US MyRegion can easily be upgraded to additional regions or a full US map on the go via In App Purchase.
Pricing and Availability
MobileNavigator is available for $79.99 in the Apple App Store and is equipped with maps of North America from NAVTEQ®. NAVIGON offers a special update 1.6.0 launch promotion for the first 12 days from launch date: MobileNavigator for $49.99. NAVIGON MobileNavigator US MyRegion is available for $17.99 (regular $29.99). Each additional regional map can be accessed as an In App Purchase for $12.99 (regular $14.99).
MobileNavigator 1.6.0 is compatible with iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G. The app also runs on first generation iPhone and iPod Touch, but third party accessories for GPS reception are required for these devices. *iOS4 multitasking is supported by the iPhone 4 and 3GS only.
For more information, please visit: www.navigon.com.
NAVIGON AG a world-leading provider of premium navigation technology. NAVIGON delivers software on mobile phone platforms and for the automotive industry as well as branded personal navigation devices. NAVIGON’S MobileNavigator is the most feature rich on-board navigation app on the iPhone platform. Founded in 1991, NAVIGON employs more than 400 worldwide with a presence in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South Africa. – NAVIGON. And the world is yours.