Telenav has just announced that it has added offline navigation to its Scout personal navigation application on iOS. Before going on the road, users can download regional maps that contains huge areas of the country so that they won’t have to worry about having a working data connection.
It is clear that although data connectivity has become extremely common in urban areas, there are many places where it is too slow, unreliable or simply non-existent. While it’s not dramatic when you want to update a social network status, it can be really annoying when you are trying to find your way in a new area.
Google has recently added offline navigation to Android (a free service), but Apple users don’t have an “out of the box” solution, that’s why Telenav came up with this new option for Scout. This update is called “Always There Navigation” and should be available right now, at least in the USA. Offline navigation is not a free feature, and costs $9.99/yr or $2.99 for customers who subscribe to Scout’s premium features (voice guidance, auto re-route, speed trap+camera info, advanced traffic). Official teaser video in the full post.