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  • Live Traffic (Finally) Comes to Navigon GPS

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    Big news tonight for those of us who have long bemoaned the lack of live traffic updates on our GPS mobile apps.

    Our friends at CNET have been all over this breaking announcement:

    Navigon AG, the developer of the Navigon MobileNavigator app, announced Wednesday that live traffic capability, called Traffic Live, for its GPS phone application is coming soon. This feature will be available in October for the North American version of the application.
    It's almost as though the holiday season has come early. Indeed, the new Traffic Live feature - which offers real-time traffic updates for the GPS app - is like a present we've been waiting an eternity for. With this latest update, MobileNavigator's journey (pun intended) has come full circle.

    From the initial bare bones app, which didn't offer the ability to access points of interest from inside the app or the now much-loved text-to-speech component, the polished app is arguably now the most practical, well-versed, and functional GPS app for any mobile device.
    However, there's a catch. As expected, this upcoming update will not be free, rather it will cost another $25 via an in-app purchase, on top of the current $90 price tag for the app itself.
    That one time fee, however, will be worth it. Navigon says the update is made possible from live traffic information provided by the ultimate source for traffic news - people who are either stuck in it or avoiding it altogether. Real-time data and information from more than one million drivers across North America will be the service's heart and soul.

    When the new feature is available, the Navigon GPS app will automatically include the traffic information when calculating a route, and provide onscreen alerts indicating new incidents and congestion along the current route.
    This huge improvement will likely prompt competing navigation apps to either step up their game right away or get out of the way altogether.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Live Traffic (Finally) Comes to Navigon GPS started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 54 Comments
    1. Gajet's Avatar
      Gajet -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Live traffic has been available in CoPilot since the last update.......
      Not on mine it hasn't and we are both are in the UK.
      The app store still has traffic as "coming in September" and even then it will be a subscription based service.

      I wonder if Navigon will be able to offer UK based traffic services at some point.
    1. rustyhoge's Avatar
      rustyhoge -
      I took the leap buying MobileNavigator while the sale was on and days (as it turned out) before Tom-Tom arrived. The graphics and lane assist made me feel somewhat confident in my decision, although I was wary about additional charges.

      The update for text-to-speech is great. And free. This traffic update is not free, but a one-time charge is fine with me. This makes this product the best-in-class by far. Now I wonder about map and POI updates.

      A very satisfied Navigon customer,
    1. Ticko's Avatar
      Ticko -
      I just recently bought TomTom and thats the only navigation app I have used and everyone seems to hate it. I thought even without the dock it has worked pretty well even in rural ares where i dont get much service (since im a Tmobile) What are some of the major high points that navigon has over tomtom besides the live traffic update?
    1. theclueless's Avatar
      theclueless -
      include google search POI! then it will be light years ahead of the competitions
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      Sorry can't get excited about an announcement about a future announcement.
    1. llckll's Avatar
      llckll -
      Does the live traffic update offer re-routing capabilities to avoid the traffic?
    1. thinknoffcenter's Avatar
      thinknoffcenter -
      Yes it has, but copilot's input interface sucks, would u rather type in your destination on the qwerty kb that the majority of iPhone users are used to or the pooey alphabetized kb provided with copilot. On top of that it's rediculously inaccurate, it actually told me I was on a road that was like 3 blocks away.
      I'm not a fanboy of Navigon, or Tom Tom, I just know the better app when I use it, and yes, I've tried them all

      Quote Originally Posted by Ticko View Post
      I just recently bought TomTom and thats the only navigation app I have used and everyone seems to hate it. I thought even without the dock it has worked pretty well even in rural ares where i dont get much service (since im a Tmobile) What are some of the major high points that navigon has over tomtom besides the live traffic update?

      They are both great apps that I have found, other than the live traffic, prolly just some little things.

      Tom Tom uses a number pad to input it's address numbers, while navigon uses the qwerty keyboard.

      In my area Tom Tom is spot on to the house, where navigon still has poor accuracy for me, though it did improve with the last update by about 50% (ie: I'm only 4-5 houses away from my delivery as opposed to the like 10 before)

      navigon has a more asthetically pleasing map to look at and has lane assist, with visuals of the actual signs posted over the highways, this along with the addition of live traffic updates will def make this the superior navigation app, just wish it was more accurate
    1. theguy1429's Avatar
      theguy1429 -
      Quote Originally Posted by messany View Post

      image via cnet


      big news tonight for those of us who have long bemoaned the lack of live traffic updates on our gps mobile apps.

      Our friends at cnet have been all over this breaking announcement:



      It's almost as though the holiday season has come early. Indeed, the new traffic live feature - which offers real-time traffic updates for the gps app - is like a present we've been waiting an eternity for. With this latest update, mobilenavigator's journey (pun intended) has come full circle.

      From the initial bare bones app, which didn't offer the ability to access points of interest from inside the app or the now much-loved text-to-speech component, the polished app is arguably now the most practical, well-versed, and functional gps app for any mobile device.


      That one time fee, however, will be worth it. Navigon says the update is made possible from live traffic information provided by the ultimate source for traffic news - people who are either stuck in it or avoiding it altogether. Real-time data and information from more than one million drivers across north america will be the service's heart and soul.



      This huge improvement will likely prompt competing navigation apps to either step up their game right away or get out of the way altogether.
      awesome!
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      Tomtom is iLagging Behind I love my navigon works great..
    1. Ticko's Avatar
      Ticko -
      Quote Originally Posted by thinknoffcenter View Post
      They are both great apps that I have found, other than the live traffic, prolly just some little things.

      Tom Tom uses a number pad to input it's address numbers, while navigon uses the qwerty keyboard.

      In my area Tom Tom is spot on to the house, where navigon still has poor accuracy for me, though it did improve with the last update by about 50% (ie: I'm only 4-5 houses away from my delivery as opposed to the like 10 before)

      navigon has a more asthetically pleasing map to look at and has lane assist, with visuals of the actual signs posted over the highways, this along with the addition of live traffic updates will def make this the superior navigation app, just wish it was more accurate
      thanks so much you answered exactly what i was looking for
    1. Lem's Avatar
      Lem -
      OMG! Navigon is taking it to the next level! I cant wait to get the new update! One question though, does this mean we need a data plan or a wifi to make this new "live traffic" work?

      LOL buddy I have Tom Tom and Navigon and all I can say about Tom Tom it's striaght up GARBAGE! On the other hand Navigon is super accurate bang on!
    1. spintek's Avatar
      spintek -
      Great news! It's a must have feature.
    1. Lolski's Avatar
      Lolski -
      Great feature..... But only if you have a free data plan
    1. Blue's Avatar
      Blue -
      mmh, are there really iphone users without data plan ???
    1. bencjedi's Avatar
      bencjedi -
      WAZE already does this (for free)

      Just not enough people using it right now to make it a valuable app
    1. Riviera's Avatar
      Riviera -
      Good job Navigon. Keep it up.
    1. Lungs's Avatar
      Lungs -
      What if you don't need this traffic update, can you still update the map and other new features that they improve on the interface without getting the traffic update?
    1. greenchip's Avatar
      greenchip -
      waze has live traffic and is free in the app store. It's early but this may beat them all for traffic info. It certainly should!
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      im still gonna use xgps. I know these other apps namely navigon are better but xgps works for routes and i am blessed with electronic traffic update billboards all over the area in which i live. their updates are almost spot on for travel time etc.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Each to his own, I love the live traffic in CoPilot but if you don't need it that's cool.