NAVIGON has signaled its intent to compete against TomTom’s iPhone app with software of its own. A version of MobileNavigator will use iPhone OS 3.0’s support of turn-by-turn GPS to provide the same driving directions as many of its dedicated GPS units, including its Reality View, lane and speed assists, and its notification of road signs.
Owners can play music from their device’s existing library, plot routes based on contacts’ addresses and auto-resume navigation after taking a call.
The mapping firm doesn’t say whether it will make an accessory to support MobileNavigator, as TomTom is for its own app, but does say it will have both free and paid versions.
The free Lite version doesn’t have active navigation and only lets users search the map as well as find points of interest; paying unlocks the full feature set. NAVIGON anticipates its software arriving in the App Store in June but won’t reveal the paid version’s price until it’s available.