Tired of Garmin, TomTom and other GPS navigation systems? Want something special?
Then you should perhaps consider Wikitude Drive.
Wikitude Drive is a GPS navigation system designed for smartphones. It uses the phone camera to give real images of the road you are driving on. It is called Augmented Reality Navigation.
As a result, whenever you glance on the screen, you see exactly what is on the road LIVE and that means, you have not taken your eyes off the road.
It is so easy to get into an accident when our eyes are off the road. So this new GPS system with the Augmented Reality navigation may help to contribute to a safer drive.
Not all smartphones can run Wikitude Drive. For the time being, only smartphones using android operating system v. 2.1 – 2.3 can be used.
The hardware requirements are:
- Back-Facing Camera
- High Resolution Displayor or at least normal
The fact that it acts both as a GPS and a video camera means its processor must also be quite powerful.
So if your smartphone misses any one of those requirements, Wikitude Drive will not work.
Smartphones working with Wikitude Drive
Here’s a list of smartphones on which Wikitude Drive has been tested successfully:
- Google Nexus S
- Samsung Galaxy Tab
- HTC Desire
- HTC Nexus One
- Sony Ericsson X10i
- Sony Ericsson X8
Smartphones NOT working with Wikitude Drive
- HTC Desire HD – No GPS reception when camera is on
- HTC Wildfire – low resolution and processing-power
- LG Optimus 2x
- Samsung Galaxy
Any phones or tablets using android OS v.3.0 and 3.1 are not yet supported.
Cost of Wikitude Drive
How much does Wikitude Drive cost?
Between $9 to $14. It is certainly cheaper than a GPS device or a GPS map.
Wikitude Drive can be used in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and UK. The app is also available for North America (USA, Canada and Mexico).
The key question is, how good and accurate is the Wikitude Drive navigation system? We would love to hear from users.