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Magellan Roadmate US & Canada released for iPhone

Article by: Mike Barrett
Date: 18 Nov 2009

pocketgpsworld.comYesterday the latest iPhone navigation app to hit the Apple App Store was Magellan RoadMate US and Canada. This is a full featured Turn by Turn application, including advanced features such as text to speech, lane assist, and roadsigns. With mapping provided by Navteq it also supports a Pedestrian Mode and 3D landmarks. It also has in-app iPod controls. At an introductory price of $79.99 it is cheaper than Navigon and TomTom's apps.

A second item on the same Press Release mentions a Premium Car Kit. This is an Active cradle for the iPhone with its own GPS receiver, internal amplifier and bluetooth hands-free. This is an adjustable design to allow the iPhone to be used with skins and cases in place. It is also compatible with the iPhone classic and iPod Touch enabling these devices to be used for navigation. At $129.99 it is slightly more expensive than the TomTom cradle ($119) and is expected to be shipping in December.

The initial mapping offered through the Apple AppStore includes USA, Canada and Puerto rico. In the future Western US, Eastern US and Europe will also be available.

Click here for the Magellan iPhone information page.

The Magellan Press Release follows:


Innovative vehicle mounting cradle for iPhone® and iPod touch® devices also introduced

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (November 17, 2009)  Magellan, one of the leading GPS brands, today announced its Magellan RoadMate® turn-by-turn navigation app is now available from the App Store. Magellan also announced the introduction of a new innovative vehicle mounting cradle for the iPhone and iPod touch devices that will be available in December. The Premium Car Kit offers charging capabilities and provides an elegant car mounting and charging solution for the iPhone device. The cradle adds a GPS receiver for improved navigation accuracy, an amplified speaker for crystal clear directions and enhanced phone call clarity, and Bluetooth® to enable hands-free calling.

"The Magellan RoadMate App provides users instant access to Magellan's innovative, easy-to-use OneTouch(TM) interface, including: vehicle and pedestrian routing, in-app music control, native address book integration and turn-by-turn guidance including Text-to-Speech, all in one integrated and unique navigation experience," said Peggy Fong, chief operating officer for Magellan. 

Magellan RoadMate App features Magellan's exclusive OneTouch user menu, allowing users to store addresses and personalized searches on one convenient page and easily access them with a single tap. Additionally, the app gives drivers the freedom to choose from a list of route options such as fastest time, shortest distance, most use of highways, or least use of highways to customize the navigation experience. 

Other features of the Magellan RoadMate App include:

• Preloaded: App and maps are stored on the iPhone or iPod touch devices, allowing navigation to continue even when no cellular coverage is available.

• Turn-By-Turn Guidance: Announces maneuvers prior to the turn, enabling users to keep their eyes on the road.

• Text-to-Speech: Hear spoken street names with every voice direction to have a clear understanding of when to make the next turn while you keep your eyes on the road.

• Millions of Points of Interest (POIs): Users have access to 6 million POIs at the touch of their fingertips, including gas stations, restaurants, ATMs, emergency services, shopping and other destinations.

• Oversized Keyboard with QuickSpell®: Our highly acclaimed QuickSpell with SmartCity search lets you enter addresses in a few touches by narrowing your location search.

• 3D landmarks: Realistic 3D renderings of key landmarks show the way with stunning visual cues.

• Highway Lane Assistance: See realistic views of highway signs with clearly displayed lane arrows to help navigate complicated interchanges by positioning the driver in the proper lane for upcoming maneuvers.

• Pedestrian Mode: Allows users to easily navigate locations on foot.

• Find Your Car: Automatically stores your parking location so you can easily find your way back to your car.

• In-App Music Control: Users can control their music directly from the application so they never have to leave the app to access their music.

• Native Address/Contact Book: With the touch of a button, users can simply navigate to destinations from stored addresses in the device's address book.

• NAVTEQ On-Board: Map data provided by NAVTEQ, the world leader in digital mapping data and content.

The Magellan RoadMate App (U.S. & Canada maps) is available for an introductory price of $79.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch devices or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore/. The MSRP for the car kit will be $129.99.
Posted by f4ffx on Fri Jan 01, 2010 6:23 pm Reply with quote

It would be nice to add this solution to your iPhone Navigation App Comparison Chart page.

Posted by MaFt on Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:09 pm Reply with quote

f4ffx Wrote:
It would be nice to add this solution to your iPhone Navigation App Comparison Chart page.

if you have the app you could always email me (maft AT pocketgpsworld.com) or post the relevent info in the forum here so i can update it. it's hard to do if we don't have the app - and as there is no UK version yet it makes it even harder...!


ps - actually, i think someone already emailed me some of the data... it's slipped off my list... i'll try get it sorted soon!!

Posted by f4ffx on Mon Jan 04, 2010 1:04 pm Reply with quote

No sorry i don't have this app.
I would like to buy a good app which is perfect to me, but for the moment i wait a possible professional voice search & command inside an app like Magellan.
When you have to go somewhere as fast as possible, it's preferable to have a way to search without hands.

Posted by gatorguy6996 on Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:32 pm Reply with quote

MaFt Wrote:

ps - actually, i think someone already emailed me some of the data... it's slipped off my list... i'll try get it sorted soon!!

Hmmm. I think you might be right. I believe "Somebody" did send you a list of Magellan features. Wink

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Posted by homersolly on Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:44 pm Reply with quote

Hi there,

Does anyone know when the Roadmate app for Europe is likely to be release?

Thanks in advance.


Posted by zebsogo on Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:57 am Reply with quote

Car Kit this looks great.. when will it be available in the UK .. i'm not particularly interested in the App just the car kit.. seen it on ebay for £114.82 +£25 shipping to the UK

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