Other new features include live traffic information and a database of fixed speed (sorry Safety) cameras. Getting this working couldn’t be easier – you just go to into the settings and subscribe to each and the data is automatically updated at regular intervals without you having to do anything. It works well, with a simple beep going off when you approach the camera, with an icon flashing up over the map.
The traffic data is provided by it is Holdings plc, which is, ‘one the UK’s premier provides of traffic information and vehicle security services’ – it says here. However, I found that it didn’t alert me to traffic on the motorway as accurately as the TomTom Traffic service. While the latter indicated slow moving traffic, which I was sitting in, the Navicore screen said all was clear, when it patently wasn’t. When it does work, a scrolling message moves across the screen indicating the nature of the delay with the number of trouble spots shown on the right hand-side of the screen. Dynamic routing around incidents is possible, either automatically or via prompts. The integration of these functions in the software can’t be faulted but after my time with the Navicore I was dubious about the usefulness of the traffic data.
Unlike TomTom Plus’s Traffic and Speed Camera service, both databases are provided for free, save for the costs your mobile network provider will charge for downloading them. However the downloads are small so you shouldn’t need to worry too much about the cost. You can also adjust the frequency of the downloads.
It’s worth noting that you can make and receive calls while the software is running, and even use a Bluetooth headset as long as your phone can handle two Bluetooth connections simultaneously. The Nokia 6680 I used for testing could do this, but I needed to make sure to connect to my Jabra handsfree kit before the software connected to the GPS receiver, otherwise the phone wouldn’t connect to the handfree. Once connected to the Jabra, the voice instructions were also redirected to it, making the voices clearer than they would have been using just the phone’s loudspeaker.
The next new feature is the Pedestrian and Cycle modes. In my tests however I couldn’t get the Pedestrian mode to work. At a retail park I wished it to direct me through it the to the high street. However, though I tried several times, it insisted on routing me via the roads. I also tried planning a route in advance in pedestrian mode and though I was going from one side of a park to another it again planned a route via road.