“HTML5 might be the future of web apps, but the new mobile standard hasn’t gotten much play in the car,” Damon Lavrinc reports for Wired. “TeleNav’s Scout division aims to change that with a new navigation system that offers voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions through your mobile browser. And even better, it’s free.”
“Scout is launching the new service today and allows developers an easy way of incorporating navigation functionality directly into existing webpages,” Lavrinc reports. “With a single line of code, a site can provide a clickable link that automatically launches the HTML5-based mapping system, just like you would get in a full-featured standalone navigation app.”
Lavrinc reports, “Developers can use the service free of charge thanks to TeleNav’s mobile advertising scheme or can license the software for an ad-free experience. The rest of us can take the new navigation system a spin through Scout.me’s site.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: We just tried it on a new iPad Wi-Fi + 4G (it’s currently an iPhone-formatted app, so we had to 2x it on iPad, but it looked okay). It worked, but there are no voice prompts, so no turn-by-turn guidance. So, for now, at least, it’s all visual. Free for iPhone, iPod touch, (or 2x on iPad) – more info and download link via Apple’s iTunes App Store: Scout by TeleNav.
We’re not tossing our Magellan RoadMate app just yet.
New Magellan RoadMate App for iPhone features free lifetime map, lifetime traffic updates, and more – June 8, 2011
Major iPhone GPS app smackdown! – January 14, 2011
Garmin releases ‘StreetPilot’ turn-by-turn navigation app designed specifically for Apple iPhone– January 4, 2011