• Jun 8, 2009
For all of you who aren't Apple fanboys and haven't been refreshing Engadget's live coverage of the 2009 WWDC this afternoon, there's some major news involving everyone's favorite little smart phone and two big auto-related companies.

The first is a new app from TomTom that was previewed back in January but finally became official today. The long awaited TomTom app will turn your iPhone into a full feature navigation system, a function this phone's been sorely lacking for quite a while despite housing the hardware to make it happen. While pricing wasn't given, TomTom will also be offering a mounting accessory that will hold the phone in either portrait or landscape mode and charge it while you navigate.

The other app is from car sharing service Zipcar. This one's particularly neat, allowing a user to locate him or herself relative to the nearest available car for rent, purchase the drive time and even unlock the car's door, all from inside the app. The program's ease of use could make a big impact on Zipcar's popularity, as currently the only way to make reservations is through the web.

[Source: Engadget]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      how accurate will this be on non-compassed phones? Without a compass the current A-GPS gets quite lost sometimes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is only natural for a phone with such large screen to have NAV and live traffic and more. Once the GPS function and Internet on phones will drop in price (2 more years) auto companies will have difficulties selling their NAV systems. People will not pay 2K+ for something they can pay probably $15 a month on IPhone or any other large smart phone.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As an avid user of zipcar, I think that application would be really useful and pretty neat. There have been quite a few times when I have been near a zipcar but can't book it because the website acts retarded on my phone.

      Now I just need to get an iphone...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm curious what the price will be for the Tom Tom. I wouldn't be too shocked if it was over $100.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can buy a small TomTom - hardware and mapping software - for under $100, so I expect this to be a very low cost add-on to the iPhone. My thoughts are that they will sell the maps for sections of the US - you buy what you need (leveraging to new add-on support in the 3.0 software for the iPhone). My only concern is what happens when I am sitting in my driveway programming it - it doesn't know which way I am facing. Hopefully that issue will be addressed with some enhancements (compass) built into the next iPhone. I'd gladly upgrade all the iPhones in my family for the TomTom application if the next iPhone includes a compass.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fabin, the "next" iPhone (3G-S) announced today does have a compass. A pretty damned spiffy one, too. Grrrr at the upgrade price, though.
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