Navigon MobileNavigator Adds New Features, Including Augmented Reality

Navigon’s Mobile Navigator has long been the Cadillac of navigation apps in the Apple App Store, but managed to get even better thanks to an update with several new features.

“In its eighth version, MobileNavigator delivered over 30 new features since our launch almost two years ago, helping drivers navigate stress-free through even some of the most challenging situations on the road,” said Gerhard Mayr, vice-president of Navigon. “MobileNavigator not only provides accurate directions but acts as a travel assistant with many industry first features. The new Reality Scanner function provides an innovative way of displaying points of interest close-by. Instead of showing them on the map, the feature projects them onto a real-time camera view.”

So what are these new features? The update centers around a reality scanner, which is the first augmented reality feature for the iOS platform. The reality scanner will provide an instant and effortless way of identifying destinations close-by. Simply point the iPhone in any direction from where you are and points of interest icons appear directly onto a live camera view, indicating the exact position of the location.

Navigon also added a feature called Traffic Check, which is an easy to read, at-a-glance gage graphic that appears after route calculation and informs drivers of current traffic conditions. The Traffic gage pop-up informs with a green, yellow, or red meter and disappears within a few seconds, indicating how the traffic situation is on the route ahead.

Other features include an update to Navigon’s maps database by the leading map provider NAVTEQ. For a single in-App Purchase of $4.99, you can add the new Safety Cameras feature. This alerts drivers of upcoming static speed and red light cameras along their route, helping to potentially avoid costly tickets. The feature integrates the database from the industry’s number one safety camera detection company, RoadTraps.

Navigon MobileNavigator will be $15 off until April 28th, so the U.S and Canada version is currently $44.99 in the App Store.

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Via: Engadget