TeleNav Hires OSM Founder; Uses OSM for Navigation Solution

TeleNav Hires OSM Founder; Uses OSM for Navigation Solution
Navigation provider Telenav has hired Steve Coast, founder of OpenStreetMap (OSM), to lead its crowd-sourced mapping initiatives for Scout GPS navigation services.

As OSM's founder, Coast has grown the community from a small local group in London in 2004 to more than 1.3 million editors worldwide. In 2007, he founded VC-backed CloudMade to build commercial tools for OSM.

He joined Microsoft in 2010 as a Principal Architect for Bing, responsible for adding satellite imagery to OSM. In addition, he recently founded OSM Plus to drive commercial collaboration.

TeleNav & OSM
For more than three years, Telenav has been a significant contributor to OSM and has worked closely with the community to enhance specific features needed for navigation.

Using billions of crowd-sourced GPS data points, Telenav provides suggested corrections via, a tool created by current U.S. OSM board president and Telenav employee, Martijn van Exel.

Steve Coast
Steve Coast
Telenav will initially launch OSM in Scout for Browsers (, their HTML5-based, voice-guided, turn by turn navigation service (available only in the United States).

The company said “(it) plans to continue to promote and invest in the OSM community and integrate OSM into other Scout mobile and automotive services in the future.“

Earlier this summer GPS Business News reported on TeleNav and OSM as we attended 2 OSM conferences in San Francisco (read here).

Tuesday, September 3rd 2013

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