Innovative Navigation App Brags About CarPlay Support, Maybe You'll Ditch Google Maps

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Google Maps does its job perfectly, helping you go from where you are to where you want to be faster and more conveniently. The application typically suggests faster routes, analyzing traffic conditions and incidents that could slow you down.
An application called Scenic proposes a completely different approach. What if instead of getting you to the destination faster, an application could actually find a route you'll also enjoy?

As its name suggests, Scenic offers a great way to discover beautiful routes, some of which are provided by other app users. It's specifically aimed at motorcycle owners who want to enjoy beautiful scenery when heading to their destination.

The application also offers CarPlay support, and a recent blog post highlights some of the reasons this integration is a major benefit.

In addition to the obvious convenience update and the voice command support, Scenic running on CarPlay also addresses another major shortcoming of running navigation on a mobile device attached to the motorcycle. The developer explains that the bike vibrations could damage the stabilization sensors used by the iPhone cameras, eventually causing expensive hardware problems.

With CarPlay on a motorcycle, which is rapidly becoming very common, Scenic also offers easier route planning, as you no longer have to rely on your iPhone for the same thing. The iPhone can be carried in a backpack, especially if you have wireless CarPlay.

Scenic is a very capable application many people don't even know exists. It comes with an intriguing feature package that includes everything from offline maps to options to share your experience with a specific route. The application's main goal isn't to take you to the destination as fast as possible but to make the experience unforgettable, so its social component allows you to get in touch with other rides and contribute to better navigation.

Meanwhile, the other navigation apps are also getting new functionality, making the battle in this space more intriguing for users worldwide. For example, Waze has recently announced a new safety feature that provides users with warnings on accident-prone road sectors. The feature uses accident data to calculate road sectors with a history of crashes, with Waze eventually showing a notification at the bottom of the screen.

Scenic doesn't come with such warnings, as it focuses on the essential navigation experience with extras, including its route discovery engine. Its main target is the motorcycle world, so in addition to the on-screen instructions, it also sports voice guidance to let you hear the directions without looking at the display.

The only major shortcoming is the subscription-based model, as certain features, including voice guidance, are only available for paying users. Otherwise, you can use the free package, but you'll probably miss all the great options that are exclusive to subscribers.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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