Another new Navigon feature which will be familiar to users of recent TomTom devices is MyReport, which is reminiscent of Map Share. If you come across a point where the 3310’s map information is incorrect, you can select this menu option and indicate the true situation. For example, if a new safety camera has been installed or an old one removed, or speed limits and turning restrictions have been altered, you can make a note of this.
Your corrections will be synchronised with Navteq next time you plug the Navigon into a desktop PC. They will then be assessed by Navteq’s mapping team for accuracy before being included in future updates. It’s a kind of Open Source community-based way of ensuring map data is as up-to-date as possible. Map Share works well for TomTom, so although it’s early days for MyReport the system has potential benefit.
There are some Navigon innovations which don’t emulate ones already available elsewhere, however. Clever Parking helps you find somewhere to stow your car when you reach your destination. As you approach, a P icon pops up on the map screen, which you can click on to call up a list of nearby car parks. You can then select one to redirect your journey. Navigon also claims price information will be included for some locations, although we didn’t find any during our testing.
It’s also now possible to touch any Point of Interest (POI) within the map screen to call up information about it. This in fact shows a full list of nearby POIs, with the one you selected at the top, which is handy if a number are bunched together and you press the wrong one. You can then find out more information for that POI and navigate to it if so desired.
We wouldn’t recommend using either of these capabilities whilst driving, but they are both potentially handy if you pull over temporarily. For example, if you’re meeting someone in an unfamiliar town, Clever Parking will allow you to find your destination then quickly drop your car off somewhere nearby. It is possible to replicate the same function using the POI facilities included with most sat-navs, but Navigon’s method just makes things that little bit easier, using just a couple of screen taps.