Navigon Announces iPhone Mount
While we’ve been hearing rumors and even tiny hints from Navigon themselves over the past few weeks, today Navigon confirms that they are building their own “Car Kit” for the iPhone. Details are still short at this time, however we’ve got a picture (below) and a few details on timing.
Click on the image for a bigger view, but this is a pretty sharp looking mount. We don’t have too many details yet– it doesn’t appear to support Bluetooth or have any audio-out capabilities. But it does leave room for a power cord which might be included. I also don’t see any indication that an external speaker is included– though that isn’t confirmed. If so then the mount is simply a sharp looking mount.
In order to match the performance of a PND, the mount really needs a GPS chip and a speaker. The GPS chip in the iPhone 3G and 3Gs is kind of weak and so is the speaker. Otherwise there are other auto mounts of the iPhone already out there. The lack of a GPS chip would also mean that navigation functionality couldn’t be extended to the original iPhone and iPod Touch devices.
We do know that the mount is scheduled to become available in October and will almost certainly be a whole lot cheaper than TomTom’s Car Kit also now scheduled for October.