There is a voice prompting system to deliver directions for navigation. It has to be said that it is not the best I’ve come across. Computer generated rather than human and very quiet. Even with my usually quite loud laptop speaker turned up to maximum it was often difficult to hear instructions.
It’s a good thing, then that a strength of Autoroute 2006 is that you can pre-plan a trip and then produce printed directions complete with various kinds of map including ‘turn by turn’ and ‘strip maps’ which deliver a map on one side of the page and printed instructions on the other. These printed maps make a great supplement to a car atlas, and you can even get greyscale versions of maps suitable for faxing to other people.
Autooute 2006 is brimming with features and should appeal as much to map fans as to those wanting a laptop based GPS navigation system, not least because you get a swathe of countries included. One of its greatest strengths is its armchair route-planning services which are really easy to use. Couple this with the plentiful printout options and you may find that the GPS-antenna-in-your-car just isn’t required. Either way, you could plump for the cheaper GPS free option first, then add an antenna later if you want to go further.
However the Windows Mobile features are sorely lacking. What you get with Pocket Streets is very basic and without the capability to use the provided GPS antenna with your Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone out of the box, you are going to need to spend more money to get the GPS features out of Pocket Streets.