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Navigon launches official Car Kit for iPhone

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.










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  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Miss....

    Why didn't they design it to work like a docking station? Now you have to still fumble with plugging in the dock cable.

    Do that and you have a winner.

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Pfff...

    Doesn't work with a bumper attached = FAIL.

  1. erics

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Fail

    Most or maybe all iPhone 4 users have bumper cases.
    I see this problem with Audio docking style gear.
    I would never buy anything that cant work with my phone + skin/case :P

  1. monkeymilk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Rip off

    Whoa! $50 for a bit of plastic and a $7 charger cable. This makes TomTom's $99 offering look like a bargain. TomTom's actual mount is much more flexible and incorporates the dock connector. Even better it incorporates a Bluetooth noise cancelling handsfree, bigger speaker and enhanced GPS. I actually prefer Navigon's MobileNavigator software but that too work's great with TomTom's hardware.

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