I had previously reviewed Gogo Navigator USA & CAN, a few months back. Now the app has a version update that comes with many more attractive features. Imagine driving to office at breakneck speed, hoping you’ll somehow reach on time. And just when you thought you”ll make it, you find one of the roads blocked due to an accident. What would you do – slam on your brakes in despair? You no longer have to worry about such situations. The latest version of Gogo Navigator USA & CAN comes with Real-Time Traffic update.
This feature is really helpful in times of emergency. We can purchase the live traffic update feature, as an in-app purchase for $ 8.99. It is a one time purchase that does not require monthly/annual renewal. It comes in a nice user-friendly interface where you’ve got all the necessary details about the live traffic update. This app gets these traffic details from Clear Channel Total Traffic Network. You need an Internet connection to download the traffic data in regular time intervals.
Live Traffic data provides you with detailed incident reports, color coded traffic flow speeds and the ability to reroute. You can access the Live Traffic data by tapping on the ‘Traffic’ Button in the bottom of the main menu. This button will appear only after you purchase the Live Traffic feature through the in-app purchase.
If you need some quick info about the traffic, you’ve got the ‘Traffic Status’ icon on the bottom left of the screen. It has some color codes to indicate the traffic status. In case of a road block on your route and if your travel is gonna take extra time, you’ve got the ‘Traffic Bar’ which appears on the bottom left. It gets updated every 30 seconds, keeping you informed of every change while you are on the go. If you don’t want it always, you can collapse it using the arrow below the bar.
If you want to see the traffic details in a bird’s eye view, then you can use the ‘Traffic Map’ and zoom out to see the traffic in the whole city/state. You can also zoom in to see the traffic in the streets. This ‘Traffic Map’ also has some color codes to show you the speed at which the traffic is moving. If there is any traffic congestion, the details will appear in the ‘Traffic List’. If there is a jam on the way to your office, it gets displayed in the ‘Traffic Map’ and if you want to know more about it, just tap on the event to get the details.
If you want to know about a congestion on your route which can be avoided, you can get those details in the ‘On Route’ tab in the ‘Traffic List’. And if you want to know all the traffic events within 50KM of your vehicle, then just tap the ‘All Messages’ tab in the ‘Traffic List’. In both of these tabs you can see various event icons which are color-coded in order to show the status. They are: red & yellow – On Route, red & white – Off Route and white & blue – Avoided.
You can set a sound alert for a specific traffic event on your route, from the ‘Traffic Events Setting’. This version of the app has some more cool features other than the Live Traffic update. Now let’s take a look at them. You have got one more Navigation Mode called the ‘Pedestrian Navigation Mode’ (aka) Walk Mode, which will find suitable routes for pedestrians such as footpaths, paths with stairs and streets with pedestrian zones, where automobiles are banned. This mode will avoid highways.
The UI has been improved with the addition of the ‘Quit’ button in the main menu. There is also another very useful feature of ‘Button Layout’ which helps users to set up the app for right-handers or left-handers. The upside down user interface has been included for situations where you have hold or keep your phone upside down.
The car symbol for the 3D Map has been moved further up, so that users can view the current & previous streets with ease. Now the Route Information labels such as ‘time’ & ‘distance’ are displayed at the bottom of the screen. The overall font size has also been increased. Some new color codes have been added. You can now use any option of distance and time information in either field. Current driving speed has been added as a display option.
Text labels have been shrunk to increase screen space. This version does not have ‘second’ value from ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival). The icon that shows the speed limit has been repositioned. The scale bar is automatically hidden from view after you zoom in or out. If there are two successive turns on your way, then a ‘Subsequent Turn Arrow’ is shown in the ‘Route Guidance Mode’ and the second turning is synced with the voice to say something like “turn right, then turn left”. You also have a detailed user manual available on their site.
It would have been nice if there was an alternate arrangement for the live traffic input, as you need to use both the GPS and the Internet to make it a fully functional GPS app which will in turn drastically affect the battery life. Moreover, the developers have not guaranteed the accuracy of the data in the Live Traffic feature.
With the latest version, Gogo has now become a fully loaded GPS app, competing with GPS biggies in the App Store and is definitely worth its price.