NIM upgrades VZ Navigator

At the CTIA tradeshow in Las Vegas this week, Networks in Motion and Verizon Wireless have unveiled a new version of the off-board navigation service VZ Navigator featuring traffic information, Bird eyes view and additional real-time information services such as weather, local events and gas finder.

When the new version launches in April, customers in 75 U.S. cities will be able to access the new traffic integration feature. In these markets, routes will be calculated using both historical and real-time reported traffic information – the historical information will allow customers to see on average whether the traffic is impacted by traffic lights, heavy traffic or school zones. VZ Navigator’s historical data covers over 750,000 miles of roads in 48 states, making travel time estimates more accurate. The incident and flow information will tell customers how traffic is flowing, and will include details about reported accidents, disabled vehicles and congestion. NIM’s Traffic Tracking Center continually monitors conditions along the customers’ routes, sending proactive alerts to drivers about conditions ahead of them on their chosen routes. Detour options allow for comparison of ETA and conditions, before selecting a new route. Traffic information is powered by NAVTEQ Traffic.

A lifting of the VZ Navigator application is finally coming from MIN, catching up with its main competitor, Telenav, that already offered bird eyes view, traffic information (since January 2007) and gas finder. However, Telenav has unveiled at CTIA a new feature that brings voice recognition to its navigation software (for some powerful smartphones). The race between the two heavy-weight of mobile navigation in the U.S. is on again, for the benefit of U.S customers.

Wednesday, April 2nd 2008

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