Magellan RoadMate turns your iPhone into a GPS system
If you’re looking for an iPhone app that can turn the device into a fully fledged GPS system then take a look at the Magellan RoadMate.
Brought to you by Navman, one of the most popular brands for satellite navigation, the Magellan RoadMate offers turn-by-turn navigation which includes audio and visual instructions to make it easy for drivers.
Navigation continues on the iPhone in the background even if you happen to receive a call midway through your journey.
The app comes pre-installed with the latest Australian and New Zealand maps from NAVTEQ.
Users can also purchase a premium car kit which includes an iPhone windscreen mount with a built-in GPS receiver to enhance the navigation signal.
The premium car kit also has an amplified hands free speaker and a charger to ensure the iPhone never runs low on battery.
Magellan RoadMate makes good use of the iPhone’s screen and also allows users to zoom in on maps using the multi-touch interface.
And because the app is on your iPhone it’s possible to utilise the navigation features even when you’re not in your car with the pedestrian mode.
In this mode, the Magellan RoadMate can direct users through areas like parks and paths to find the shortest route for your journey.
And like a dedicated GPS system, the Magellan RoadMate also offers safety alerts when you’re approaching red light cameras, speed cameras and other black spots.
There’s also 3D junction views and advanced lane guidance which can direct drivers through complex intersections by indicating the best lanes to be using.
Users can also subscribe to lifetime SUNA traffic updates which can be sent to the app aboard the iPhone to advise drivers of the latest traffic information and give them the option to navigate around snarls.
Trip Select also allows users to choose the fastest or shortest route – or one which avoids highways and toll roads.
Entering addresses is fast and intuitive and, as you are typing in the name of the suburb and streets, it is narrowing down the choices in real time to get users on the way to their destination even faster.
A feature many users have been asking for is the ability to plan a route with multiple stops.
The Magellan RoadMate can find the best route to take even when need a few waypoints along the way. This is a perfect feature for a delivery person or courier.
Also on board is Road Assist which can pinpoint your location in the event of a breakdown and provide the closest emergency contact details.
The Magellan RoadMate app is also loaded with local points of interest and convenience like parking, petrol and shopping centres.
The Magellan RoadMate app is available now through the iTunes App Store for $59.95 with a lifetime to SUNA Live Traffic available as an in-app purchase for an additional $19.95.
The Magellan premium car kit is priced at $99.