MapQuest is playing with free navigation through its iPhone application-MapQuest for Mobile. Yep, you heard it correct… free navigation (turn by turn direction) functionality for apple iPhone. Its still in “basic status” and do not have lots of bells and whistles in it yet. Few manual operation instead of automatic; like –you have to press “re-route button” when you miss the turn; No street names etc. But hey free navigation on iPhone app is probably game changing event in mapping category. No need to update your GPS software as Route from MapQuest is backed by state-of-the-art routing mechanism and always up-to-data information about new roads, businesses etc.
And for MapQuest, I am sure its a big step towards a fight against all ‘cool’ competitors. Congratulations to MapQuest mobile team and very well done MapQuest-a brad which is synonyms to travel/driving direction.
According to the updated features listed on the iTunes site:
- Voice-Guidance speaks to you and informs you of upcoming turns. Change the settings if you prefer a sound prompt.
- Off-Route Assistance tells you when you’ve taken a wrong turn, and gives options to help you get back on track.
The app is available for free in Apple’s App Store. Give it a try today and post your comment. Currently ‘basic navigation’ available for US and Canada only.
Note that the MapQuest 4 Mobile iPhone app is different than MapQuest Navigator, a similar mobile app that tracks your progress on screen and offers Turn-by-Turn navigation. However, that app costs between 99 cents and $3.99 per month.
MapQuest 4 Mobile - an iPhone application