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Ford Selects TeleNav GPS Software for '09 Lineup

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January 09, 2009

Ford Selects TeleNav GPS Software for '09 Lineup

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Ford Motor Company reportedly has selected TeleNav’s GPS navigation software in the newest version of Ford’s in-car connectivity system, SYNC with Traffic, Directions and Information.

TeleNav (News - Alert) software scheduled to be available in Ford vehicles later this year would provide users with have hands-free access to personalized traffic reports, precise turn-by-turn driving directions, and up-to-date information such as business listings, news, sports and weather.
“Connected navigation is a natural next step for SYNC,” said Doug VanDagens, director of the connected services organization at Ford. “TeleNav is a partner that brings a reputation for innovative, reliable and user-friendly GPS navigation solutions for mobile devices.”
Company officials said the solution offers customers the convenience and flexibility to bring Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones into their vehicles and operate various devices and services via voice commands. SYNC offers hands-free calling, hands-free digital music access, audible text messaging, 911 Assist and Vehicle Health report, according to Ford.
“Ford leads the automotive world in demonstrating how advanced connected navigation can be integrated into a variety of vehicles,” said HP Jin (News - Alert), president, CEO and co-founder of TeleNav.
Jin said that whether customers are using SYNC for their daily commutes or while driving across the country, Ford offers a navigation experience that is simple to use and connected to the information they need.
He said that his company was TeleNav thrilled to help Ford deliver this experience.
TeleNav, Inc., a privately-held company was the first to launch a cell phone GPS system in the United States.
Deployed by 14 carriers in 21 countries, TeleNav is a major player in wireless location-based services.
TMCnet in November reported that TeleNav  introduced its TeleNav Shotgun, a two-way Internet-connected GPS personal navigation device, shown at right. It utilizes the wireless network to offer real-time, connected features for business travelers including traffic alerts, Internet content besides updated gas prices.
TeleNav Shotgun employs TeleNav Connected Services to monitor traffic conditions on routes which looks for congestion and other traffic jamming incidents. Traffic delay alerts will be made by audible and on-screen announcements. Users can access specific information and find traffic speed and flow on major highways in their route. Shotgun also displays an updated time of arrival depending on traffic conditions, speed of travel and distance.
The company’s Connected Service updates maps and local search data constantly. TeleNav Shotgun has 11 million points of interest in the PND. These include categories like restaurants, hotels, airports, Wi-Fi hotspots besides several others. Phone numbers are also provided making it easy to contact the location.

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Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan

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