Garmin debuts on-demand GPS iOS app

Garmin announces StreetPilot onDemand GPS for the iPhone that costs just $.99 for 30 days of usage.

It's always a good idea to have a premium navigation app on your phone when traveling, one that you can use without a cellular connection.

The problem is most of these apps are rather expensive, with price tags around $30 or more. This makes the app not a very good investment if you just want to use it a few times. This is the problem Garmin is trying to solve with its new GPS app for the iPhone.

The company announced today the StreetPilot OnDemand app for iOS devices. This is a full navigation app with offline maps that you can buy for just 99 cents (the first time). The only catch is that it can be used with its full features for only 30 days. After that, you can add another 30 days for $2.99, a full year for $29.99, or use the app with limited functionality. This kind of pricing makes the app a good choice for people who travel to different parts of the world and know that they only need to use the navigation there for a short period of time.

Apart from the new pricing approach, Garmin says that the new app comes with premium features that include spoken turn-by-turn guidance with street names for both driving and walking, representation of 3D buildings and landmarks, traffic rerouting, PhotoReal Junction View and Google Local Search, and more. PhotoReal Junction View shows a realistic depiction of junctions, lane guidance, and real-time traffic while Google Local Search helps users quickly find points of interest. The app uses maps stored on the cloud but you can pre-download them prior to a trip so that you won't need to use a cellular connection when on the road.

The new StreetPilot onDemand app is available now at Apple's App Store. From now till September 14, you can get a yearly subscription for the discounted price of $19.99.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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