NAVITIME enhances multimodal navigation app

NAVITIME enhances multimodal navigation app
Japanese navigation application provider NAVITIME said today it has released two new features to enhance public transportation user experience for their pedestrian GPS navigation application currently in trial on the U.S. market.

In a single route search, NAVITIME calculates routes for cars and public transportation (currently, subways and trains) plus walking. Now, routes that involve approximately one mile or more of walking will be replaced by taxi routes. This feature will provide a better estimate of the total time necessary for travel, and, if necessary, allow the users to give directions to the taxi drivers.

NAVITIME has also added a feature that recommends which area of the subway train car is the best to board. This provides information as to which train car is the closest to the stairs or exit at the destined station, helping users save a little of their time. Currently, the train car recommendation feature is available for routes using the MTA New York City Subway.

NAVITIME enhances multimodal navigation app
In Japan NAVITIME is a best seller with over 2.5 million paid subscribers and a low monthly fee - around $3 per month.

In the United States NAVITIME was initially available for Windows Mobile, but the company has also launched a few weeks ago a Java version of the software compatible with Sony Ericsson K850i and K770i handsets. However, an iPhone and Blackberry version would probably be more adapted to penetrate the U.S. market. The trial period – launched in April - is running until September 30, 2008. At this stage NAVITIME has neither disclosed its pricing nor its future distribution partners.

Wednesday, August 20th 2008

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