By Todd Bernhard on Fri, 12/14/2012
The folks at Route 66 have developed a very cool combination phone mount and companion app that could revolutionize how you drive. So how does such a lofty goal become reality? Let's review:
First, there is a suction cup mount to attach to your windshield, like a GPS mount. Then, a custom holster for your iPhone, which attaches to the mount through a large swivel ball bearing, like a Garmin unit. Route 66 makes a variety of holsters for iPhones and Android phones, but as of today, a holster for the iPhone 5 is not available.
The kit also includes a 12volt USB charger, with two USB ports, so you can charge your phone and a GPS unit or Bluetooth device. And, a 30 pin USB cable is included. No Lightning cable yet.
So far, so good. But what will really revolutionize driving is the forthcoming app. You see, the phone is mounted in landscape mode, and there is an opening for the camera. Route 66 will have an app that overlays key visuals directly over the camera view. It's like a high tech dash cam, with augmented reality.
This could be the GPS of the future... No need to take your eye off the road to look at the GPS, because the GPS is displaying a live view of the road!
I'll post a review of the app as soon as it's available. In the meantime, check out their website to see how it will work.