INRIX and NAVIGON AG announced that NAVIGON will use INRIX’s real-time traffic information exclusively to power its PND products in Europe as well as its highly successful iPhone navigation App in Europe and North America. NAVIGON just recently introduced the first pan-European real-time traffic products with the launch of the NAVIGON 8450 Live and 6350 Live.
LBS activity seems to be growing in Europe. Nokia, along with its Navteq subsidiary, is leaning forward to introduce location-based social networking applications on Facebook. In another event, such companies as Navigon and Garmin are rolling out new connected personal navigation devices (PNDs) in Europe — even though many in the industry think that technology isn’t a moneymaker in North America.
T-Mobile and NAVIGON are expanding their close cooperation. Now, the next logical step will follow, shortly following the common introduction of innovative navigation solutions for the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3G S as well as for Android and Windows Mobile-based Smartphones: The companies jointly develop a machine-to-machine (M2M) telematic solution which enables the customers to retrieve comprehensive information, tips and advice Europe-wide about routes and destinations – and to do this particularly quickly and with high quality. The navigation devices access the central server over an internal SIM card via the T-Mobile network for this.
Robert Butz, Chief Technology Officer of NAVIGON AG, will speak about navigation on mobile phones and PND’s.
While application stores are expected to become an important channel for the distribution of navigation software, many carriers and handset manufacturers prefer to pre-install or bundle navigation software with their phones and offer plans based on strategic partnerships with navigation developers.
To turn the iPhone 3G and the forthcoming iPhone 3G S into an innovative navigator, you only need two “ingredients”: the new Apple OS 3.0 operating system and the MobileNavigator from NAVIGON. By June iPhone users will be able to turn their phones into a handy, convenient navigation device with the professional software from NAVIGON for the first time.
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