I’ve had my iPhone for about 4 months now. As I anticipated, it has become an indispensable part of my day. I’ve downloaded a lot of software from the iTunes Apps site and just as on my laptop, I’ve amassed a few programs that I consider the cream of the crop.
If you don’t have an iPhone, you may not realize that it comes with a built in GPS. This opens up a whole new list of possibilities for this device, not the least of which is GPS Navigation software. MotionX has released software to take advantage of this capability.
GPS Drive by MotionX is an inexpensive product – $0.99 – that puts the power of a full blown navigation system in your hand. I recently drove from my home to a business on the east side of St. Louis, MO. The distance is just over 400 miles and took me through Nashville, TN. I’ve been through Nashville many times, but I’ve only been to St. Louis once before and I was riding with someone who lived there. Before I left, I programmed the GPS Drive software with my destination and it got me there without a hitch and within 10 minutes of the estimated time. That’s not bad for a 7 hour trip, including fuel, food and restroom stops.
You can still make phone calls while using the software and GPS Drive makes use of the iPhone’s iPod interface so you can listen to your favorite music or, in my case, the audio book I, Robot by Isaac Asimov.
Ok, there is one catch. If you want Live Voice Guidance while driving, it will cost you an additional $2.99 for 30 days or $24.99 per year. However, even with these costs, it is still cheaper than most dedicated navigation systems. If you can get by with out the voice navigation, then the software is usable as is.
I only skimmed the surface of the available features. If you have an iPhone, I suggest that you download GPS Drive from iTunes. The first 30 days including Live Voice Guidance are included so you can check out the service. If you have too many gadgets in your car right now and want to pare down, then this may work for you.
Let me know your thoughts.
Mark A. Andrews