Telenav announces Scout for Cars: Built In, brings together phones and in-dash systems in navigation harmony (update)
Telenav has long been a purveyor of navigation apps for phones, browsers, and cars, but today the company’s revealed Scout for Cars: Built In to bring those platforms together. It’s an in-dash system that provides both the form factor and UX optimized for autos and all the features of the Scout for Phones app. It works using Bluetooth to connect to iOS, Android, or Windows Phone devices to sync your info and let you access the mobile app’s current map info. It also borrows your phone’s data connection, which gives users access to voice control and search and discovery features, plus real-time weather and traffic updates using the in-dash touchscreen.
Scout for Cars: Built In can also seamlessly hand off navigation duties to the phone when you exit your car — a convenient feature for folks as directionally challenged on foot as they are behind the wheel. And, if you’re worried about getting lost should you forget to bring your phone, fear not, for Scout for Cars: Built In uses your handset to provide a better experience, but it’s not dependent upon it, so it still gets you where you need to go on its own. The system is currently available to automakers right now, so the system should be finding its way into dealerships sometime soon.