A new update is now available for the iPhone RoadMate app, informed Magellan, the app’s developer. The RoadMate 2.0 version brings several interesting and useful improvements such as a brand-new user interface, Yelp API or the option to perform local searches in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. Free lifetime maps and traffic updates are also available and users can share the points of interest and benefit from highway lane assistance as well.
Following in the footsteps of offerings like the TomTom app, Magellan has announced an iPhone app of its own geared toward people who need to find their way around town. The Magellan RoadMate app works with the Apple iPhone, of course, as well as the iPod touch.
The kicker is that you need to purchase the required Magellen Premium Car Kit in order to get any real functionality of the kit. This is quite different from the TomTom version where the kit is recommended but optional.