Panorama Car Kit lets you travel Route 66, or anywhere, with the best view ever

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.

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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.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.