NTT DoCoMo and Pioneer could turn smartphones into dedicated wireless navigation devices

NTT DoCoMo and Pioneer have announced a partnership that intends to see smartphones in Japan be transformed to include the function of a full-fledged wireless navigation device, where it will also be compatible with the DoCoMo Drive Net navigation service in that part of the world. The commercialization stage is tipped to begin from March 2011 onwards, where the wireless car-navigation application for smartphones will be able to make full use of DoCoMo Drive Net’s map and location-based information to help folks get around. Not only that, Pioneer intends to work on an in-car cradle which will enable smartphones to deliver positional information and eco-minded route guidance. Too bad this doesn’t seem as though it will be making its way Stateside.

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