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Nokia Drive 3.0 Now Available

21 Jul

One of my most used apps for the Nokia Lumia 900 is the Nokia Drive app, which brings free [in addition to the built in Bing [tap for] turn-by-turn GPS navigation enabled in the Mango update] turn-by-turn voice guided navigation experience to the phone in an easy to use and intuitive interface.

Nokia recently mentioned that Nokia Drive will be offered to all Windows Phone 8 partners for built-in GPS and mapping software and I am happy that this update to Nokia Drive brings some of the Windows Phone 8 features to their existing [albeit somewhat paltry in numbers] users.

Make your commute smoother

Nokia Drive 3.0 Commute Feature

 

As shown in the video above, Nokia Drive with My Commute learns your driving preferences and uses information about the latest traffic conditions to help you choose between the different routes you usually take to get to the places you travel most. It even remembers when you usually leave, providing traffic updates along your route so you’ll know in advance whether there are delays or if you have time to stop by that new café on your way home.

This is a cool feature that I will be testing out over the next few weeks. It also looks like commute option will be a stepped rollout, the first country where it is enabled being the United States.

Automatic day/night mode for optimum visibility

The app will automatically adjust your Nokia Lumia display for better viewing during day or night driving conditions, reducing potential distractions.

Pin to start: find your way with a tap

You can now pin to start your favorite destinations for one-tap access to directions there. This was one of the most requested features of Nokia Drive and am happy they have implemented it in this update. One tap on the start screen and you are all set to drive to your destination.

Nokia Drive runs on the Nokia Lumia 610, Nokia Lumia 710, Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 900. The Windows Phone Marketplace will soon notify you of the available update or manually download it today, for free, following the instructions below.

Missing Features

Missing still are the ability to link directly to your contact list, search for addresses or items of interest by voice and voice guided navigation using actual street NAMES instead of “Turn left at the junction.”

Download Nokia Drive Now

Press the Search button on your Nokia Lumia and then tap Vision

Scan the barcode

Tap on the link when it appears on the screen

Install the application from the Windows Phone Marketplace

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2 Comments

Posted by on July 21, 2012 in Computing, Fun, Gadgets, Mobile Phones, Technology

 

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2 responses to “Nokia Drive 3.0 Now Available

  1. Patrick Dotterweich

    September 11, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Overall I like the 3.0. The ability to pin a favorite location to a button on the main screen means you have a one press access for directions to your house, for example. Jump in the car, press, drive and the voice guides you home. Great.

    Also great are the preloaded maps – and navigation independent of having a data signal – touring wine country in California, we lose data signal, ipones and droids in the car are lost. My Lumia keeps on talking us all the way to the next winery. Very valuable.

    However the lack of street name announcement has gotten me into trouble on more than one occasion. “Turn Right at the junction” is often stated by the app when there are two off ramps right next to each other – this forces a dangerous glance at the screen to READ the street name and dangerous last minute swerves. The app knows the street name (they are displayed on the screen) why can’t it say”Turn Right at the junction for Highway 70″ or “turn right at the junction for the B Street offramp”. Seems simple enough and would improve the product by a mile.

     
    • Christopher

      September 11, 2012 at 8:22 PM

      Good points Patrick. I do agree that pinning a favorite location is very useful, as well as preloading the maps for data dead zones.

      I guess I will be trying it again, once I get a Windows Phone 8 [Lumia 920] device in my happy little hands. Asumming of course, that one’s hands could be happy. ;o)

       

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