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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Routes Compared - CoPilot vs Navigon vs iGO vs Sygic vs TomTom vs Ndrive
Routes Compared - CoPilot vs Navigon vs iGO vs Sygic vs TomTom vs Ndrive

Someone called Pakman, commented on the CoPilot vs TomTom review, that CoPilot Live is making questionable routing decisions. I requested live examples so I can do something with it.

Because I did not receive any, I decided to compare several routes with all the GPS apps on the EU market, namely Sygic, CoPilot Live, iGO My way, TomTom, Navigon and Ndrive.

Many articles have been written about this subject already for conventional GPS PNDs but not many about the iPhone apps.

Also I will try to visualize the logic of TomTom IQ routes.

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One thing to keep in mind is that TomTom, Sygic and Ndrive uses the Map Technology of TeleAtlas, while iGO My way, Navigon and CoPilot Live use NAVTEQ.

I created 4 test routes.

1. A route from within the city to an outside city
2. A route from the east side of the city to the west side
3. A route from the east side of the country to the west side
4. A route from one country to another country

City to city

This route is starting in the street where I work, Pater de Dekenstraat in Brussels and ends at some friend’s place in the village Tubeke, Allee Des Cavaliers. This route is plus/minus 30 KMs.

Let’s study the screenshots for a second; there are three things that are noticeable.
• CoPilot takes exactly the same route as Navigon. It takes a good route to my knowledge.
• Sygic, iGO and Ndrive take the same route. This is also a good route and is only 2 streets different just before Ukkel.
• TomTom takes a different beginning than all the others. It was scheduled to leave around 15:00 hours. It wants me to drive to the city center and inner ring, which does not make sense to me at that time of the day, but who am I to question an IQ route.

Driving time differs from 40 minutes (TomTom), 37 for CoPilot Live, 32 for iGO and 26 for Sygic and 23 minutes for Ndrive. Navigon does not display it on the screenshot.

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Left to right CoPilot Live, Navigon, iGO My way and Sygic.

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Left to right TomTom and Ndrive


City east to west

This route is starting from the IBM head quarters, Bourgetlaan to a random street in the west side, called Liverpoolstraat.

The screenshots shows much bigger differences in routes now. They have the choice of taking the outer ring of the city or the smaller roads inside.

Again similarities are found with the same applications.

• CoPilot Live and Navigon take the outer ring of Brussels, an easy route but not to take around traffic hours.
• Sygic, iGO and Ndrive let you drive back to the outer ring, takes it for a short while to go back over the E40 to Brussels, here it takes the big road to drive to the inner ring to reach the target. This route is not bad in the evening when there is no traffic towards the Centrum, but not in the morning.
• TomTom takes the small roads, it was programmed to leave around 16:00 and the IQ technology knows that there can be heavy traffic on the outer ring.

One thing I noticed here is that when I select “avoid highways” with CoPilot Live, it almost takes the same route as TomTom. So using your own IQ can help you here.

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Left to right CoPilot Live, Navigon, iGO My way and Sygic.

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Left to right TomTom, Ndrive and last image is CoPilot Live with Avoid Highways turned on.


Country east to west

The route programmed here is from the east side of Belgium, Maasmechelen, rijksweg till the western sea side koksijde, Alois Boudrystraat.

Here the results are more or less the same, at least for TomTom, Navigon, iGO, CoPilot Live and Ndrive. The only different route calculated is by Sygic, which sends us over Antwerpen instead of Brussels.

Can we conclude from this that the longer the route, the bigger the chance is that the apps calculate the same result, namely over the big city rings?

Let’s see if this holds true when calculating an even longer international route, in the next paragraph.

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Left to right CoPilot Live, Navigon, iGO My way and Sygic.

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Left to right TomTom and Ndrive

Across countries

We took the north of the Netherlands, Harlingen, Achterstraat until Belgium, Luik, Al Gripete.

Navigon, iGO, CoPilot Live and Ndrive routes us over “de Afsluitdijk” , via Amsterdam, Utrecht, Eindhoven and Maastricht to Luik.
While TomTom routes us via Apeldoorn, Arnhem and Maastricht to the destination.

Noteworthy is the Elapse Time, 3 hours for Sygic, which is the most optimistic, 3:13 for Ndrive, 3:35 for iGO, 3:42 for CoPilot Live and Almost 4 hours for TomTom.

Here I tend to believe the times reported by CoPilot Live and TomTom better, maybe one of our faithfull Dutch readers can give his opinion about this?

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Left to right CoPilot Live, Navigon, iGO My way and Sygic.

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Left to right TomTom and Ndrive

And what about my bike?

We will display the cyclist routes here from the first test, from city to city.

The Navigon and TomTom’s route looks more or less the same, around 26 KMs and 1:16 minutes. Sygic looks also like this but has a bit a different beginning, 27 KMs 1:10 minutes. iGo makes a big turn at the end with 30 KMs in 1:08 minutes total and CoPilot Live sends you over 38 KMs for a 2:25 minutes trip.

Ndrive does not support this mode.

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Left to right CoPilot Live, Navigon, iGO My way and Sygic.

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TomTom IQ routes

With the visuals below I try to give you a better view of what the result is of IQ routes. The route selected is the same as the first one, only now from Tubeke to Brussels, so there is morning traffic towards Brussels.

Wednesday 23 September
At 07:00 it tries to avoid the inner ring. It takes the smaller roads in the south part of Brussels, the same route the other apps had chosen in the previous test.
At 10:00 it is more confident to take the inner ring of Brussels, after the morning traffic is fading out.
At 12:00 it takes the same route of 10:00.
At 17:00 it takes the same route as 10:00, 12:00 and 21:00.

Tuesday 22 September
At 17:00 it makes a huge detour, driving 47.7 KMs instead of 31 KMs.
At 21:00 it makes the same route as the 10:00 and 12:00 route of the next day only reporting to be 4 minutes faster.


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What can we conclude from this result? Well that IQ routes proves to do what is claims.

I only doubt the 17:00 detour on Tuesday (5th image) in comparison with 17:00 on Wednesday (4th image). Can someone explain this? I guess it is also wise to review your route with the IQ switched off, if you are not sure that it is the best route or that you do not want to make so much more KMs.

Conclusion

1. Biggest differences are made within cities.
2. CoPilot is not offering strange routes, except for the bicycle route.
3. Sygic has the most optimistic Travel times.
4. TomTom IQ routes can make big detours.
5. Using your own IQ is always best with any of the apps.


Change log:

Oct 19, 2009 - Added Ndrive to the review

 




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