skobbler, a new free iPhone sat nav app from a Berlin start-up company, could be set to change the sat nav industry industry drastically by using free mapping solutions to keep costs down for customers.
Community driven, skobbler uses OpenStreetMap (OSM), which has a dedicated Wikipedia-style team of 250,000 updating its map database at all times. As a result, skobbler mapping data is kept constantly up to date, at no extra cost to the user.
skobbler also features both visual and voice-guided navigation options, pedestrian modes, boomarks and music playback from within the app.
“skobbler is the first truly usable voice-guided sat nav solution to use free map data that can be edited,” says Marcus Thielking, co-founder of skobbler. “All those who have edited the map have experienced a real sense of achievement. Everybody can make sure that their respective neighbourhood has the best map coverage.
“Editing the OpenStreetMap is already an ongoing project for many, which in turn ensures that the accuracy and usefulness of the data will continue to rapidly increase. We understand that Rome wasn’t built in a day, yet we hope that new adopters will see the value of contributing to a free map of the world and thereby helping this concept evolve to become a genuine alternative to costly and slow updating sat navs. We will do our part and keep on constantly updating the skobbler app.”
Definitely an exciting alternative to the likes of TomTom, give skobbler a try here.