June 10, 2008

iPhone with GPS - TomTom on iPhone?


So, unless you were under a rock yesterday, you probably heard that the iPhone 3G finally came out and is coming out with a real GPS chip inside. No more fake triangulation junk from cell towers to approximate where you are. The interesting development is that with the developers pack, GPS software makers are jumping on board too.

TomTom said yesterday that they are already running software, "Our navigation system runs on the iPhone already," said a TomTom spokesman, according to Reuters. No word on availability. This may come as a surprise to some folks, but it shouldn't be knowing that TomTom does a decent little business on the side for PDA navigation. Repurpose the code, and go. My guess is that for $149, you'll be up and running.

There are also other rumors that has the Dash navigation software loaded onto the iPhone too, which would put a very connected experience into the hands of iPhone users. The advanced traffic capabilities would be a plus.

Car Mount? - Oh, yes, you will need a car mount, but they are already on the market.

A concern is the power supply, and the loudness of the verbal directions - the speaker phone is hardly loud enough to cover road noise, but the Bluetooth earphone might just be a great way to hear those turn by turn directions.

Can't wait to try this out... gonna have to upgrade.

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Posted by Scott Martin at June 10, 2008 6:38 AM

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