• May 25, 2010
Skobbler has introduced a completely free, turn-by-turn navigation app for the iPhone, with one new and unusual detail: you help play the role of cartographer. Sort of like Linux for thoroughfares, you download the Skobbler app and then use CloudMade, a community-sourced mapping to add "hyperlocal" detail to the map, which Skrobbler then updates on its servers. The more information gets added by community mappers, the more detailed and up-to-date the instructions are available to the nav-app's users, with updates pushed to the program in real-time. We're unsure of how granular the details are in the current CloudMade maps, but the app is free and this could be your chance to be a pioneer.

[Source: Mac Daily News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Waze blog post for iphone http://www.waze.com/blog/tag/iphone-waze-free/

      Thursday, August 6th, 2009

      Way to go 'research'!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am now in France and just checked Waze and Skobbler, unfortunately Waze's map are still very bad in France. Regarding Skobbler the problem seems to be that at least with the version I got from the US iTunes store I can't enter an address outside of north America,
      too bad since the map seems to be better
      • 4 Years Ago
      For some reason....Skobbler leaves me hungry. But I used my sister's iPhone for it, looks solid, but I've got a navi unit for anything I drive, if it didn't come installed already, so I'm good. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tried to download Skobbler from the Irish app store - for some reason they're charging €1.59 for the app download. So it's not completely free.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I believe Waze is the first completely free turn-by-turn nav app. It's also crowd sourced.
        • 4 Years Ago
        For offline navigation, there is the $2.99 NDrive USA, although not free, but at that price it's almost free. The performance is similar to TomTom or Navigon, minus text-to-speech, the best thing is that you don't need an active internet connection for maps.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, Waze has been around for at least a year. I used it quite a bit until google maps got navigation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Did it come out before xGPS? I've been using that for a while, also free and open source.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So glad I dropped $100 for the Tom Tom app last year. Can you say self-aware dumbass?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like the "Wikipedia" of GPS apps. Makes me wish I had an iPhone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For you Android people like myself, there is a new app in the marketplace called "Drive" that uses augmented reality to overlay the nav route onto the road infront of you using your phones camera. Not only does it reduce confusion about what road to take but it's abit safer than other Navigation apps because when you are looking at your phone to see info on your route, You're still looking at the road infront of you in real time. It's definitely a nifty little app. It's still in it's beta stage but it seems pretty refined currently.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks for a nice little piece about the skobbler iphone app. This is an interesting success story for Skobbler and CloudMade, but most of all it is an interesting success story for OpenStreetMap.org. You've left out the most interesting bit!

      CloudMade maps are actually OpenStreetMap maps. The OpenStreetMap project allows companies like CloudMade to build commercial services on top of their dataset (OpenStreetMap releases its data with an open license which permits commercial use) CloudMade have some great products, but they do not own the enabling data. In this case they acting as middle-man, passing on map data sourced from OpenStreetMap.

      OpenStreetMap is overseen by a not-for-profit foundation organisation, which has no direct commercial ties. It is a massive project with thousands of volunteer contributors, all working towards the goal of free geo-data for all. We have come together as a community to help build something great which everyone can benefit from. Anyone can join in, and anyone can download the data. All of it! For free! And use/re-use/re-distribute it in other services.

      By the way, don't be surprised if a few people from the OpenStreetMap community post annoyed comments here, because you have neglected to mention their hard work. You should probably make a correction.

      As a number of people have commented, there are other "crowd sourcing" map companies out there, including waze.com The exciting thing about this navigation app, is that it is all built upon free and open data from OpenStreetMap.org
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just downloaded. Looks okay so far but, I don't get lost that often so, only time will tell. At least the price is right.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Diddo! I'll try it on my next road trip or on my motorcycle. Can't beat free IMO. People who give negative feedback to a FREE GPS app amaze me. IT'S FREE!!! If you don't like it DELETE IT!

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