Telenav Debuts Scout for Android, Announces Scout for Ford SYNC AppLink

By Meenakshi Shankar September 20, 2012

Telenav, a company specializing in personalized navigation, unveiled Scout for Android, a free, daily personal navigator.

According to Dariusz Paczuski, vice president of products at Telenav, Scout is designed for people on the go. Whether the customer is a commuter looking to avoid traffic or a foodie driving around town looking for the best new restaurant, Scout is designed to make it easy to discover and drive every day, added Paczuski in his statement.

Scout is noted to set itself apart from other navigation and discovery services by providing customized information on where to go, when to leave, how to get there and what to do upon arrival. Key attraction includes; voice and on-screen turn by turn GPS navigation, local search, traffic information, speech recognition, and automatic rerouting for free. The app features My Dashboard, a customizable start screen that provides users with personalized, real-time commute times to work or home.

Additionally, Scout also offers instant access to local search categories for easy discovery of new places and saved favorites.

Interestingly, Telenav has also made Scout available in Ford vehicles through SYNC AppLink. AppLink, a feature of SYNC, can access mobile apps on Android, BlackBerry, and iOS smartphones. Scout integrates with SYNC AppLink to provide hands-free, voice-activated access to directions, local search, gas prices and more. Drivers hear directions through the car's speakers and see turn by turn prompts on the radio display.

Through the launch of Scout for Ford SYNC AppLink, Telenav and Ford are offering mobile users the ability to access the same navigation app in their cars that they have on their phones.

Scout for Android is immediately available for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint customers through Google Play. Telenav also expects to launch it soon for T-Mobile customers.

Telenav is offering a premium version of Scout for Android for $24.99 per year or $4.99 per month. Drivers who download the premium version of Scout on their Android phone will have access to Scout for Ford SYNC AppLink through a feature called Car Connect. The premium version provides unique features for road warriors such as speed traps, traffic camera information, lane assist, as well as access to Car Connect.

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Edited by Rachel Ramsey

IoTevolutionworld Contributor

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