Garmin updates iPhone navigation apps with public transportation features


Garmin is rolling out new versions of its Navigon turn-by-turn apps for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone including public transportation navigation tools--a feature missing from Apple's own, much-maligned Maps for iOS 6.

According to Garmin, Navigon's new Urban Guidance feature enables users to integrate public transportation data into their recommended route, complete with detailed itineraries of all transit stops. For example, users will be given directions to reach a nearby transit stop on foot, as well as details on which line to board and which stop signals their exit, with consideration for all available modes of transportation including trains, buses and water taxis. In addition, Navigon's new Last Mile function automatically saves the location of the user's vehicle when they continue by foot, making it easy to find their way back to where they parked.

Garmin notes that the revamped Navigon 2.2 integrates directly with Apple Maps--users may select any location or point of interest in Apple Maps, then select the option to navigate to their location using Navigon data. Garmin has also updated Navigon to leverage the new iPhone 5's larger screen, offering users more location information within a single screen view.

Navigon is highlighted by onboard maps that support route calculations even in areas with poor wireless network coverage. Additional features include lane guidance, speed limit and safety camera warnings, exit services, parking tips, a trip planner and multi-route displays.

With consumer criticism of Apple Maps continuing to mount, Garmin is looking to capitalize by offering Navigon at a discounted price. Through Oct. 3, Navigon USA is priced at $39.99, 25 percent off its usual $49.99--Navigon North America is $44.99 instead of $59.99, and Navigon MyRegion is $24.99 instead of $29.99. The Urban Guidance feature, available for in-app purchase, is on sale for $2.99 instead of the usual $4.99.

For more:
- read this Garmin Blog entry

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