The results are displayed using the same traffic interface as previous RDS-TMC-enabled Navigon sat-navs. We didn’t find Navigon’s Live Traffic quite as effective as TomTom’s HD Traffic, which can sometimes predict where jams start on major roads to within a few metres, but it is a distinct improvement over RDS-TMC. When an update indicates your journey will now be a lot longer than originally estimated, you will be given the option to reroute.
As with all other Live implementations we’ve seen, a Local Search facility is included, and again this comes courtesy of Google. You can search near a city or postcode as well as in the vicinity of your current location. The results are the same as with the TomTom and Garmin Live devices, providing an extremely useful extension to the built-in Points of Interest database. The keyword search makes it easy to find a much larger range of potential destinations than is included on the device itself.
Once you have found an entry, a range of useful information can be displayed including full postal address, and phone number. You can also use Navigon’s Clever Parking icon to locate somewhere to drop your car off nearby, although we found this didn’t always deliver results.
The Mobile Safety Cameras facility replicates what Garmin, TomTom and Road Angel provide, keeping the speed trap database as up to date as possible and giving you the option to report any new cameras, which will then be added dynamically to the location list. The Weather forecast is more modest than TomTom and Garmin’s implementations. You only get a three-day update for your current or most recent location, and there’s no facility to drill down to see more detailed hourly information.
However, some Live services are only available in certain countries. For example, the Live version of Clever Parking is only available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg. In these countries, the system will tell you know how many spaces are available and provide opening times and pricing information.
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