Navizon iPhone GPS?
The tech sites are all a buzz this evening with news of Navizon running on the iPhone. According to the CEO Cyril Houri:
“Just by installing our software and hitting the Locate Me button, iPhone users can now see their position on a map and get directions to their next destination.” said Cyril Houri, founder and CEO of Mexens Technology. “This is just as if the iPhone was now equipped with a GPS chip”
Well that sounds promising… just like a GPS chip eh? Of course we’ll put it to the test.
So GPS gets an accuracy that covers pretty much 100% of the planet with an accuracy of a few meters. I wouldn’t expect this type of a solution to come anywhere near that accuracy or coverage area, but I wasn’t the one who isaid it was “just as if … equipped with a GPS chip”.
So what did we find? After driving around for a few hours, trying to hit various parts of the cellular network and as many wifi locations as we could find, every time we asked it to locate us, except once, returned the message “Unable to Locate. Your location could not be identified.” Hmmm… And the one time it did offer up a location it told us we were about 163 miles away from our actual location. But it got worse. We then decided to create a route to that location. Despite it putting the “WiFi Positioning” pin 163 miles from our actual location, the address associated with those coordinates was 2,228 miles away from our actual location in a different country.
I wasn’t impressed, and this was in a state capital city with airports, hospitals, etc… Not the typical rural towns I often hang out in. We’ll continue to test, and hope for better results since we’re hoping for accuracy greater than 163 miles (or 2,228 miles). This isn’t a GPS for the iPhone.