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MapQuest announces new mobile offerings
Posted: 03-Apr-2006 [Source: AOL]

[MapQuest Navigator offers GPS voice-guided directions on mobile phones and MapQuest.com formatted for Web-enabled mobiles provides interactive maps and driving directions to specific locations.]

Las Vegas -- MapQuest, a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL LLC, announces two new products, MapQuest Navigator and Web based mobile services.

MapQuest Navigator, in partnership with Telmap, will soon enable consumers to access Global Positioning Service (GPS), turn-by-turn, voice-guided directions on mobile phones. The MapQuest Navigator service represents leading-edge technology in online navigation and gives consumers a powerful new level of convenience that's available when they need it most.

Based on the next generation technology 'MOND' Mobile Optimized Navigation Data, from Telmap, a world-leading provider of mobile mapping and navigation solutions, MapQuest Navigator displays dynamic, full-color maps and provides accurate turn-by-turn navigation instructions by voice, graphics and text. The system includes a database of millions of restaurants, hotels, theaters and other points of interest which consumers can navigate to, direct dial to make reservations or send any location to a friend via text message.

MapQuest also announced that it is making it easier for consumers with Web-enabled mobile phones to access MapQuest.com. Available now, the free Web service is specifically designed and formatted for mobile phones and provides a convenient way for anyone with a Web-enabled phone to access interactive maps, get driving directions and find places. The service is based on technology from InfoGin Ltd., a leading pioneer of Web to mobile content adaptation solutions.

The MapQuest Navigator mobile offering Includes:

MapQuest Navigator will provide clear, easy-to-follow directions to a location either from a selected starting point or from the consumer's current location, using GPS technology. Other features will include:

* Audible turn-by-turn directions, using GPS, right on your phone;

* Allows users to enjoy the navigation experience while making and receiving phone calls;

* Millions of points of interest to explore with the same quality and relevance offered on MapQuest.com;

* Optimized routing calculation to find the fastest or shortest route, or to avoid toll roads, highways or other specific elements;

* Full pedestrian navigation that ignores vehicle turning and one-way driving restrictions;

* Print-quality dynamic color maps with zoom-in/out, pan and point on map functionality;

* Intuitive location search for address, intersection or zip code, including unique "points of interest" search capabilities;

* Automatic re-routing without the need to contact the server; and

* Support for BREW, Java, BlackBerry, Windows mobile and Symbian.

MapQuest expects the MapQuest Navigator service will be available through major U.S. wireless carriers later this year.

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