US: Navigon launches Android navi app with augmented reality

Navigon has announced the release of its MobileNavigator for the Android platform. The MobileNavigator is one of the first onboard navigation apps for Android from a major navigation company.

MobileNavigator for Android includes the Traffic Live (powered by INRIX) feature without an additional cost. On the iPhone platform this feature costs an additional $20.

The app also includes industry-first feature, called Reality Scanner that identifies points of interest (POIs) by showing them in a live camera view.

Reality Scanner utilizes the phone’s built-in camera, positioning, and compass components together with Navigon’s POI database to project POI icons directly on the camera’s image. Users can point the device and instantly identify POIs in or around a location.

MobileNavigator for Android includes preloaded Navteq maps and therefore is able to provide navigation when a cell signal is not available.

Other features include:

Reality View Pro

Traffic Live

Speed Assistant

Lane Assistant Pro

Screen Rotation

Real Road Sign

Adjustment between day and night modes

2D/3D map view

Text-to-speech turn-by-turn directions

Direct access and navigation to contacts in the phone book

Route planning

Directly call POIs

Navigon MyRoutes

Pedestrian navigation

Google Local Search-connected instant search of local points of interest

Advanced visual warning for most red-light and speed cameras

Note: The MobileNavigator for Android app is available now in the Android Market and Google Checkout for $39.99 for two weeks. After that, the price will increase to $59.99.

Source: Navigon.

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