xGPS update includes turn-by-turn instructions
xGPS just released the new version of their app with turn-by-turn instructions. The phone now speaks to you and works pretty much like a personal navigation device (PND) such as Tom-Tom or Garmin Nuvi.
The app requires a jailbroken iPhone/iPod touch to load, which is not an issue for the hack-minded.
It still needs some improvements like auto screen dimming, but at least it does have and option you can call up that allows you to dim it.
Also, many of the functions like auto reroute are not there. I know one of my favorite things about my Tom-Tom is you can tell it to avoid a roadblock ahead and it will reroute. Also, while you can get traffic on your regular Google map app on the iPhone, it doesn't appear on xGPS. Nor does weather or flight information.
Again, you can get all of that if you have the iPhone, it's just not integrated into xGPS. Still, this is a great update for xGPS and it's clear to me that the PND is a dead duck in the near future.
3. Controlling the iPod/iPhone
Wow -I mention it in a post and someone builds an app just like I wanted! I just checked out the video and it is awesome! I left a note on the developer's site to try and encourage him to release it on Cydia.
On a different note, I used the iPod touch in the car today for the first time. I haven't actually had it connected into the head unit before but it sounded good - no surprise there. However, trying to use an iPod and drive a car is, well, like trying to use an iPod and drive a car. Not good. I need to work out both a system for mounting it temporarily (think I've got a holder around here somewhere) and work on ways to control the iPod itself.
1. Commercial off-the-shelf remote control for iPod. Will control song and volume but probably not much more.
2. Control using something like a Griffin Powermate or Touchscreen. Haven't seen anything about this type of control. I mean, why would you plug a Powermate into your iPod even if you could?
3. Intermediate hardware like my existing car PC -Mac Mini. Browser based control via touchscreen. Probably would work but not very elegant and hardly a PC killer!
If anyone has any ideas, let me know. I'm spending more and more time reading iPhone hacking sites.