GPS navigation for the iPhone from MetroView Australia

Macworld Australia Staff
25 October, 2010
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Sydney, Australia, October 25, 2010 – MetroView Systems, a leading local navigation software provider, today announced the official release of the MetroView Australia Turn-By-Turn Navigation application – a detailed GPS navigation solution designed specifically for the iPhone.

Available from the Apple iTunes App Store, the MetroView Australia Turn-By-Turn Navigation application features Australian developed software, designed specifically for Australians. Users can hear typical Australian streets and suburbs pronounced in an Australian accented male or female voice. Attributed as one of the top ranked navigation applications on the App Store, MetroView has achieved a high 4.5 / 5 rating out of 3,000 units sold over a three month period.

Eliminating the need for additional gadgets, MetroView Systems has created convergence and convenience for iPhone users in Australia. The MetroView Australia Turn-By-turn Navigation application provides iPhone users full GPS functionality integrated into the one communication device and features iOS 4 multitasking support, where users can switch between applications on the iPhone, operating MetroView while other applications are running the background.

MetroView includes SpeedAlert which confirms current speed limits with visual and audible warnings – a true licence saving application. The SpeedAlert function cautions drivers if the vehicle is exceeding the speed limit, as well as alerting drivers of variable speed limits at different times of the day, such as school zones and on freeways. Additionally, the advanced lane guidance feature illustrates upcoming turns clearly and correctly for users to know which lane to be in at major junctions.

Equipped with more detailed maps than any other GPS application currently available, MetroView provides frequent map updates with a simple plug and play capability – receive notification, connect and install update. Map data is stored on the iPhone and as a result, there are no download costs for mapping or navigation. MetroView also incorporates individual house numbering based on the official Australian Government database – guaranteed to put the user at the doorstep of their destination,

Furthermore, MetroView has added iPod music control, contacts search and comprehensive places of interest (POI) using Google Local Search, in addition to standard features such as familiar map design, analogue and digital speedometer views and walking mode including compass functionality on the iPhone 3GS. Power-packed and practically-priced, the MetroView Australia Turn-by-Turn application ensures an easier travel experience with an intuitive interface and no ongoing subscription costs.

The MetroView Australia Turn-by-Turn application for the iPhone is available now for AU$24.99 through the Apple iTunes App Store – click here to purchase and download.

Watch the MetroView Australia Turn-By-Turn Navigation iPhone application overview here!

About MetroView Systems

MetroView Australia is a navigation software provider that develops applications for iPhone/iPad and GPS devices, as well as custom mapping functionality for server, desktop, mobile, and web-based solutions and custom software solutions for large scale professional projects for customers such as Australian Police forces, RACWA, O’Brien Glass, and Sensis (Telstra). For more information, visit

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