TeleNav has just announced the upcoming release of TeleNav 6.0 and the immediate release of OnMyWay. OnMyWay allows users to input a meeting time, location, and phone number/email address to send alerts to. Once the app is started OnMyWay will alert the recipient up to 3 times of the users current ETA and their GPS location. I have wanted an application like this for awhile now, I am glad to see a company with the experience and knowledge in dealing with GPS has come out with it. The reason for developing OnMyWay is explained by TeleNav CEO HP Jin;
“With increasingly busy lives and growing traffic problems, many Americans struggle to be anywhere on time. Whether you’re going to an important meeting across town or having dinner with friends, things happen that cause people to run late,” said HP Jin, president, CEO and co-founder of TeleNav. “We want to make ETA updates safe and easy.”
OnMyWay is currently available for free in BlackBerry App World for the BlackBerry 8310, 8800, 8900, 9000, and 9700 on the AT&T Network. TeleNav states support for the 8530 and 9630 on Sprint and Verizon as well as the 8820 and 9700 on T-Mobile is coming soon.
As for TeleNav 6.0 there are a ton of enhancements that will make it even more user friendly. There is now single-click speech input, allowing the user to press a button and use a simple phrase to get search results or directions to one of their shortcuts. Some other new features include:
- Lane assist for major roads and intersections to help drivers perform upcoming maneuvers
- Audio alerts for upcoming intersections reportedly equipped with red light traffic cameras
- On-screen freeway speed limit information with visual warnings when drivers exceed the posted speed limit
- “Local Apps” option in the application’s main menu, giving customers quick access to local movie information, weather and commute alerts
The biggest addition in my opinion to TeleNav 6.0 is the fact that it now allows for navigation even if the user does not have wireless signal. Per the press release:
Using unique, patent-pending technology, the new release of TeleNav GPS Navigator now downloads the entire route and surrounding map data onto the driver’s phone. This ensures users will continue to receive turn-by-turn directions to their selected destination if they drive out of wireless coverage – even if they miss multiple turns along the way. In addition, the service will allow customers the ability to start a route back to their original location while out of wireless coverage. Once they drive back into wireless coverage, they will again have full service access in order to get directions to a new destination as well as receive real-time information such as traffic alerts.
TeleNav 6.0 will be available March 24th on AT&T as AT&T Navigator 2.0 for the Curve 8900 and Bold 9000 with more devices and other carriers to follow soon.