Garmin adds public transit and Street View to its nav app, but who will pay?

Garmin adds public transit and Street View to its nav app, but who will pay?
We've covered this pretty thoroughly over the past day, but just to summarize: Apple's new iOS Maps app has been a disappointment to a lot of users. In a good bit of timing, update have been approved for Garmin's navigation apps in the iTunes App Store. The good news is that the apps add features that don't exist in Apple's Maps app, but the bad news is that these apps are pretty expensive. 

The Navigon and StreetPilot Onboard apps have been updated, and now have public transportation options including subways, trams, buses and water taxis, and Street View straight from Google's own databases. The apps are on sale, but even at that it may be hard to get the majority of users to opt for a paid option, especially when Google's own (most likely free) app is on its way. 

StreetPilot USA will cost you $39.99 ($44.99 for all of North America). Navigon USA is the same $39.99, and has a the cheaper $24.99 MyRegion version if you don't often travel much. But, maybe worst of all is even after dropping upwards of $40, public transit is a separate $2.99 in-app purchase. 

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11 Comments

1. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

$40 is high, but not as high as driving off a bridge costs you when you use Apple Maps :)

11. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

That's why getting an Apple is expensive: You need to spend more on the other accessories. Just look at how much cash Apple have now.

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lol wow,, the price, too pay for something , that comes preloaded on android devices,, samsung was right,, It doesn't take a genius! !!

8. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

No, something you can download for free & use offline on Nokia phones...with more indoor navigation than Google maps

3. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Hmmm I already own Garmin USA for iOS, tom tom and navigon too, I only have maps and Sygic for my Android devices, sygic allows use offline due to downloaded maps...

4. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

This is your only choice when you buy an expensive iPhone that has beta(unfinished) map app. Sorry apple users, without google maps yet on your phone, you got to be patient. :) And how cruel for apple releasing an unfinished map system and making its consumers as beta users. :3 they should have thoroughly checked the whole system before releasing it.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Look at all of the complaining. The app is new. Google maps wasn't perfect when it first came out and it still isn't. They will continue updating unlike some others.

6. Savage unregistered

Sure, if Apple wishes, you are welcome to enjoy services that are sub-par when it doesn't have to be like this. You'd rather use Apple-Maps with soo many mistakes or wait for a better alternative till Apple perfects their's? And who doesn't update their maps?

7. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Let me get this straight, Apple acquired/merged 3 different mapping companies and decided to ditch Google maps on iOS which is like a 7 on a scale from 1 to 10 just so they could push out their own which is like a 2? I'm sorry but no matter how bad Google maps was when it was first released it doesn't give Apple the ability to do worse 7 years later. Especially when Apple got the resources from 3 companies a couple years ago.

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

This is what happens when companies start to think that they know better what you need than anyone else. Apple's desire to get Google out of iOS was burning a hole in their brain that overrode any consideration of what would be best for the customer. Heck, they probably rationalized removing Google maps by saying if their customers really needed a mapping solution, there were already existing apps (Navigon, Armin, etc.) for that. Apple's Maps app is a cruel joke. It is even less ready for prime time than Siri was when the iP4S was released.

9. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Can someone explain to me how Garmin can even compete against Google? Lack of compeition (temporarily) on the iOS platform or not, who in their right mind is going to pay for something that has been a freebie for years? Especially at sky high prices like $44? Apple's maps aren't that devastatingly poor. I don't see garmin making any money on this endeavour.

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