updated 11:30 am EST, Thu January 27, 2011
Meant to pair with MobileNavigator app
GPS maker Navigon is now shipping an official Car Kit for the iPhone. Included in the package is a specialized windshield mount, as well as a USB car charger and a five-foot USB adapter cable. Distinguishing Navigon's approach is the mount's design, which uses a smooth arching arm rather than one that simply juts straight out.
Although the kit is intended to be used with Navigon's MobileNavigator app, the latter isn't required, owing to an absence of proprietary electronics. The hardware is compatible with the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, and will cost $45 until February 3rd, after which point the price will be hiked to $50.
Navigon meanwhile says it intends to release a series of free "single-feature" apps during 2011. These will follow in the steps of help2park, launched in late 2010. The title is limited exclusively to finding parking spots relative to a driver's current location.