Ford partners with TeleNav to provide global positioning services

MyFord Touch with TeleNav.

Ford announced last week that it would be partnering with TeleNav to provide global navigation services in MyFord Touch equipped vehicles.

From the press release:

“With TeleNav’s worldwide routing and navigation experience, Ford now can offer high quality connected services to drivers in a number of countries,” said HP Jin, president, CEO and co-founder of TeleNav. “The availability of MyFord Touch outside of North America is further evidence of TeleNav’s growing presence in the auto industry.”

MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch will allow customers to interact with the navigation system through a touch screen interface or SYNC’s voice recognition capabilities to find local information and navigate to their destinations. The system includes an 8-inch touch screen in the center stack and dual 4.2-inch screens in the instrument cluster to showcase full color maps and guidance information. TeleNav’s SD card-based navigation system provides an easily updateable option compared to CD, DVD or hard-drive-based systems. TeleNav’s global navigation solution includes regional and local information such as languages, guidance and maps.

The best part of that is “easily updateable.” One of GPS’ biggest drawbacks is how quickly it can get outdated. With road construction happening every day, frustration at making a wrong turn somewhere is almost inevitable. Any GPS system that’s easy to update is a GPS system I want.


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