updated 03:47 pm EDT, Tue June 17, 2014
App offers range of features including speed limits, in-map traffic display for $2
Navigation experts Garmin have released a new app for Android and iOS, bringing a wealth of new travel features to devices. The new app, called Viago, will offer features that the company says aren't found in other free navigation apps. Consumers will be able to purchase additional add-ons within Viago to supplement the travel experience.
Viago contains standard navigation features like turn-by-turn directions, but also goes a bit further. Garmin has included offline maps, which are powered by Nokia's Here, for different parts of the world. Additional free features include in-map traffic displays, photo-realistic junction views and lane assist. Current speed and the speed limit will be pictured side by side within the speed limit display. Weather information will be available for the destination with a three-day forecast.
The application will also allow users to switch from car to walking. However, the feature is only available on iOS at the moment. Viago is also compatible with Garmin HUD.
"Viago offers the best navigation technology available from Garmin, helping drivers to reduce stress and save time on the road," said Vice President of Worldwide Mobile Business at Garmin Wuerzburg GmbH Joern Watzke. "The comprehensive feature set goes far beyond simple turn-by-turn directions, and assists drivers like no other navigation app. Premium in-app purchase options allow users to fully customize their navigation experience and only choose the features they want."
A number of premium add-ons are available as in app purchases, including Garmin Real Directions. Garmin says that this is the first time the feature has been made available for a smartphone. Real Directions gives spoken turn-by-turn directions in a familiar way by using landmarks and signs to help guide by sight.
Other purchases include Safety Kit, Panorama View, Urban Guidance, Maps to Go and Traffic Live. Maps to Go offers downloaded maps for use when using data isn't an option. Traffic Live routes users through traffic with real-time data. Urban Guidance gives details and schedules on public transportation. Panorama View offers a 3D views using data from NASA. Safety Kit offers a number of features including active lane guidance, which displays graphics to indicate which lane a driver needs to be in.
Viago is available at an introductory price of $1 on both iTunes and Google Play. The price will go up to $2 on July 13. In-app purchases range from $5 to $20.