Garmin Takes Advantage of Apple’s Maps Shortcomings – Releases Updated App Full of Features

Apple’s new Maps app has caused a lot of complaints from iOS 6 users, and many are likely looking elsewhere for options to get a full-featured and correct map app.  Garmin is jumping at the opportunity to draw new customers with a newly updated Garmin U.S.A. app featuring urban guidance, panorama view 3D and Google Street View.

The urban guidance, available through in-app purchase, is perhaps the most useful new feature for city dwellers since Apple Maps left out public transportation.  When calculating pedestrian routes, the app will consider public transportation options like subways and buses and guide users to transit stops on foot, then gives detailed information such as what line to take and where to get off.

Panorama 3D view, also available through in-app purchase, provides 3D elevation views from NASA’s height and terrain data to illustrate exactly what’s ahead.

Google Street View is free with the update, but only available in cities that have Google Street View.  The feature will show users a street-level view of their destination before beginning their route and shortly before arriving.  It also offers a 360 degree view to get a better idea of the surroundings.

The app, priced at $39.99, offers a range of great features, including speed limit, lane assist and turn-by-turn voice navigation with spoken street names for all iPhones (not just the 4S and 5 like Apple Maps).  It also has millions of preloaded points of interest and integrated Google Local Search for quick navigation.

There are also lots of fun extras like address book integration, weather forecasts, a trip planner that allows you to easily input a trip with multiple stops ahead of time, and locator services for emergencies or sharing your location via SMS or Facebook.

Note that the app weighs in at 1.38 GB, so make sure you have plenty of room on your iPhone before purchasing!

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