Tuesday, 16 February 2010 11:26

Navigon provides API so iPhone apps can call for directions

Navigation provider Navigon now offers an API allowing other iPhone apps to link to turn-by-turn navigation instructions.

Integration between third-party applications isn't seen as one of the iPhone's strong points.

Navigation specialist Navigon has realised how convenient it might be to provide turn-by-turn directions to a location generated in an iPhone application such as restaurant reviews or city guides.

And so the company has provided AppInteract, an API that makes it easy for developers to link their apps to Navigon MobileNavigator.

"For example, if you find a restaurant in an app that has implemented our AppInteract interface, you can get turn-by-turn directions to a chosen place instantly," said Gerhard Mayr, vice-president worldwide mobile phones and new markets at Navigon.

It seems that all the calling app has to do is open a navigon: URL that specifies the required address or coordinates.

What does a third-party developer have to say about AppInteract? Find out on page 2.

"As one of the first to implement and use Navigon's AppInteract interface, we found it was a problem-free way to integrate, test and deploy an award winning navigation technology," said Ortwin Gentz, CEO of FutureTap.

"Users can launch their MobileNavigator directly from the Where To? 2.5 application and are guided to the chosen point of interest. Location Based Services and real turn-by-turn navigation perfectly match and fit with our vision of a collaborative and linked application environment," added Gentz.

Where To? is a $A3.99 app that identifies nearby points of interest in a variety of categories including Food & Drink and Entertainment.

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