TeleNav launching free HTML5-based turn-by-turn GPS service

TeleNav, one of the largest back-end providers of GPS navigation services for smartphones and other in-car turn-by-turn navigation systems, has announced the upcoming release of a free HTML5-based voice-guided GPS navigation service that works on your iPhone through the Safari Mobile Browser.

“This is an enormous amount of added value for any mobile, location-based website or app focused on travel, shopping, local search, deals and more,” said Sal Dhanani, co-founder and vice president of products for TeleNav. “With one line of code, you can give your customers one-click access to premium, voice-guided turn-by-turn directions to any location, including hotels, restaurants, merchants or deal locations. Customers never need to leave your app.”

As mentioned, the service will be completely browser-based allowing it to run on just about any smartphone, including the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Developers will have the opportunity to add just a single line of code to their existing website or apps, which will allow users to jump directly into the browser for turn-by-turn navigation from within any app, or directly from Safari itself.

This completely removes the need for static apps like Google Maps while offering a whole new approach to GPS on your smartphone. TeleNav will be partnering with select developers to get the new system up and running internally across multiple services before they allow developers to roll it out to consumers in early 2012.

Source: TeleNav

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i am really interested to see how they handle the audio playback for the directions, as the last thing i remember is that HTML5 audio playback doesn't work all that well and required direct user interaction for the audio or video to play.