Telenav's Scout gives iOS users offline navigation in exchange for ten bucks

We know that iOS 6 will bless iPhone users with some in-house-made mapping, but that hasn't stopped Telenav from bettering its own Scout navigation offering for Apple's favorite handsets. Scout now does offline navigation by letting users download maps of the west, central or eastern United States over WiFi only. Plus, Scout now takes voice commands, so on your next road trip you can tell it to find the nearest Whataburger whether you have cell signal or not. Interested parties can head on over to the App Store to get their download on, but you'll pay for the privilege -- offline navigation costs $9.99 a year or $2.99 a month, though the free, data-dependant version of Scout for iPhone still includes speech recognition. Still not sold? Perhaps the video after the break will persuade you.

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Telenav Adds Offline GPS Navigation to Scout for iPhone

Sunnyvale, Calif. - Aug 14, 2012 - Telenav®, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNAV), the leader in personalized navigation, published today an update to Scout™ in the Apple® App Store, to include Always There Navigation, downloadable offline navigation that provides GPS navigation service at all times, regardless of whether or not drivers are in wireless coverage. Scout also now comes with free speech recognition, allowing users to conduct hands-free local business and address searches with voice commands.

"When you are driving in an unfamiliar area, the last thing you want to worry about is losing
your GPS navigation if you drive out of wireless coverage and take a wrong turn. With our latest version, we are ensuring that this will no longer be a concern for our users," said Ryan Drake, Scout product manager at Telenav. "Scout will guide you anywhere, anytime – with or without wireless coverage."

Offline Navigation

Scout's Always There Navigation is now available for download by U.S. region – Western, Central or Eastern. With a simple download, Scout's voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation service is now accessible with or without wireless coverage. Customers always have the option of downloading different regions at any time to ensure they will have GPS navigation if they are
traveling.

"We originally launched offline navigation last year as part of the AT&T Navigator iPhone app," continued Drake. "It's been a popular feature that we are now very happy to offer to our Scout iPhone customers."

Speech Recognition

With the addition of speech recognition, Scout makes it safer, faster and simpler to search for nearby destinations. With the touch of one button, a user can activate voice commands and hands-free search and begin speaking to Scout immediately with any command, such as "Find Starbucks" or "Drive Home." Based on each voice query, Scout will either find nearby results or create the best route summaries based on traffic and current location.

Download Scout Today

The updated Scout for iPhone is available today in the Apple® App Store. The lowest priced
option currently available for iPhones, offline navigation is available for $9.99 per year or $2.99 per month and includes additional premium features. Telenav offers a free 30-day trial for new customers. Speech recognition is available to all users as part of the free version of Scout for
iPhone.

A video of new features is available online. Screenshots are available on the Telenav Flickr page.