Better visualize your driving directions with Google Street View and Cockpit-mode in NAVIGON 2.1

Better visualize your driving directions with Google Street View and Cockpit-mode in NAVIGON 2.1

NAVIGON, the popular turn-by-turn navigation app for iPhone, has been updated to version 2.1 and now includes Google Street View, manual route blocking, and an optional NAVIGON Cockpit in-app purchase.

Anyone who's ever tried to find a restaurant, bar, or local business knows that knowing what it looks like on the outside can be vitally important to finding precisely where it is. It's not fun driving 30 minutes to get roughly there only to spend another 10 trying to get precisely there. NAVIGON knows this and is adding Google Street View so you can see where you're going even before you get there.

Manual route blocking is more about putting power and control back in the users hands. Once in a while, we really do know better than the machine. So now, if a recommended route comes up, but we know there's some construction there, or just a fast food joint or ex's place we want to avoid seeing, we can tap it and forget it. NAVIGON will consider it blocked and route us around.

Cockpit is like a heads-up mode for driving data. It's all your important info, all in real time, all right where you need to see it. That includes everything from gForce to speed to position. While Cockpit isn't part of the free update, it is available at the same time for $5.99 and could be a lot of fun for off-roaders and performance enthusiasts alike.

NAVIGON is currently the best turn-by-turn navigation app for iPhone for anyone who needs world-wide options and offline support. You can download just the maps you need, when you need them, and have them on your iPhone even when your data connection gets flaky. These new additions and options just make a good thing better.

If you already own NAVIGON, go get your update. If you're planning a trip this summer and need a great turn-by-turn navigation solution for iPhone, go check it out. It's currently on sale until July 16.

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Full press release:

NAVIGON iPhone navigation app update adds Google Street View, Cockpit function and more

A new version of the NAVIGON iPhone navigation app is now available in the App Store, right in time to guide travelers through the Fourth of July travel period. The free update 2.1 includes Google Street View, NAVIGON Cockpit (in app purchase), manual route blocking and other functions. Additionally, the NAVIGON apps for iPhone and selected in app purchases will be available at a reduced price until July 16, 2012.

Here’s a rundown of the new functionalities included in version 2.1 of the NAVIGON iPhone app:

Google Street View

When using in-car navigation, it can sometimes be challenging to find the right building at your destination, especially if one can’t recognize the house number without leaving the car. The new Google Street View function of the NAVIGON app provides users a street-level image of their destination before starting a route, helping, for example, to identify a specific building upon arrival. Users can even look at a full screen 360° view to get a better understanding of their destination's surrounding. Shortly before arriving at the destination, the Google Street View image slides in again, making it easier to identify the correct location.

NAVIGON Cockpit

A new Cockpit function displays relevant driving data in real time on a cockpit-like screen. Captured data includes gForce (current and maximum value), speed, horizontal and vertical position, and an adjustable speed and altitude graph. Drivers can use this information to see a snapshot of their driving habits. Also included is a dedicated off-road screen with compass and altitude information for off-road driving. NAVIGON Cockpit is available as an in app purchase for $5.99.

Manual Route Blocking

The new and easy to use manual route blocking function allows users to view their route on a map and block certain sections of it by simply tapping them. The app will then automatically calculate an alternative route. This feature is available in route planning mode and during navigation and allows users to better customize their route according to their own preferences. This is especially helpful when navigating in familiar territory, since users can avoid going through a certain city or taking a highway they’d like to navigate around.

Performance enhancements

In response to customer feedback, we improved the start-up time and map rendering performance of the NAVIGON app. Zooming and panning in the map view is now faster as well.

Also included in the app update are enhanced iPad retina display graphics and an optimized map manager interface with new controls for downloading and deleting maps.

Price reductions for a limited time

The North American NAVIGON apps and in app purchases are available at a reduced price until July 16, 2012.

NAVIGON USA: $29.99 instead of $49.99 NAVIGON North America: $39.99 instead of $59.99 NAVIGON MyRegion: $19.99 instead of $29.99 NAVIGON FreshMaps USA: $14.99 instead of $39.99 NAVIGON FreshMaps North America: $9.99 instead of $19.99 NAVIGON FreshMaps MyRegion: $19.99 instead of $49.99 NAVIGON Cockpit: $3.99 instead of $5.99

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There are 10 comments. Add yours.

Freiteez says:

But the real question is,
Can it tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

OrionAntares#CB says:

Turns out, my city actually has a Sesame Street...

west3man says:

I tried to use Navigon, last weekend, to navigate to an unfamiliar part of town to take advantage of a very good deal which might only be available for a very limited time. Navigon did not recognize the address and, similar to how it behaves when it doesn't recognize a POI, it would not allow me to proceed.
So, the expensive of having an offline, web-independent solution on the iPad was for nothing because I ended up havi to use Google's much more accurate maps. If I'd bought a wifi-only iPad, thinking that I would just invest in offline solutions, I could've ended up in a bit of a pickle.
So it's good that they're adding value like Street View functionality. Better maps would be great, too. That neighborhood I visited was not new at all.
Oh yeah. And being able to block certain areas from routing is a super-useful option that I had on my old Delorme Earthmate software, on my laptop, four years, ago.
We are living in amazing technological times.

jhrogersii says:

Like cell signal, experience with mapping information is often very subjective. I have found Google's business address information to be sloppy and HIGHLY inaccurate. I have been late to three different meetings by depending on either Google Maps, or the Google Local Search in Navigon.
The last time was two months ago, when Google sent me to a location a full 10 miles away from where I was supposed to be, while the company has been at their location for over 20 years. It was an unfamiliar area, so I didn't know any better. I was 10 minutes late, and very unhappy. I call or stick to the Yellow Pages before I go now, and then key the addy directly into Navigon. Google just isn't dependable enough for me as a professional on the go.
So, I have found Navigon/Garmin's map info and POI info to be pretty reliable, while the unassailable Google, well, not so much. In fact, if I enter my official home address into Google Maps right now, it can't find it. Navigon, Magellan, TomTom, Waze, and other Stand-alone GPS apps, however, find it without any trouble. I don't know why that is, but it's just another reason I have lost interest in Google Maps.

larman2001 says:

If I purchase an in-app add-on like cockpit view, do I pay once and get it on my three iOS devices?

cardfan says:

Yep, pay once. In-app purchases are tied to your apple id. Long as you use same apple id on all your iOS devices, your good.

iMatt says:

I still prefer tomtom......don't shoot me !

Peter says:

unfortunately the update has caused me and many others (see Navigon East ap reviews at ap store) to not be able to access anything but west coast maps, though east coast has been purchased also. Map Manager does not allow changes. So what was once a useful service is not useless unless I take a plane to the west coast. have sent a support request but no response. Money, a good chunk of money, has been spent.