MapFactor has good news. The Navigator 7 app is now available for integration with Android Auto, and that means it’s going to be more useful to many motorcyclists.
More and more motorcyclists are using their smartphone for GPS these days (and plenty of other things). Apps like Apple Maps or Google Maps would be the basic go-tos for satnav duty, but more specialized apps like MapFactor’s Navigator 7 have more to offer.
MapFactor says Navigator 7 offers voice navigation in various languages, door-to-door route planning, free offline maps, POIs, speed limit/speed camera warnings, day/night map modes, and a lot of other features that were formerly standard on purpose-built GPS units. It’s available through the Google Play store for free.
If you want to pay, you can upgrade to TomTom maps (the free version uses OSM maps). Other paid upgrades include heads-up display, live traffic information, remote commands and other useful features.
And now, it’s all usable through Android Auto.
Android Auto is a version of the Android operating system specifically designed for use in vehicles. While originally planned for cars, it’s now available on several 2021 Harley-Davidson models, the 2021 Honda Gold Wing, and the 2021 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports as well. Expect it to become much more widely available in the future, as electronics are increasingly integrated to motorcycles as stock equipment.
Alas it’s another navigation app with no ability to load a custom touring route so unless riding A to B it’s back to the Garmin.