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MAPS OFF THE BEATEN PATH: TELENAV®, FORD NAVIGATION TECH KEEPS ROUTING EVEN WHEN F-150, BRONCO OFF-ROADERS EXIT CELL COVERAGE

Jul 29, 2020 | DEARBORN, Mich.

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  • Ford and Telenav are helping ensure their connected navigation technologies continue working on far-off adventures unlike smartphone mapping apps that cease to work outside cellular range

  • New SYNC 4 connected vehicle technology features Telenav’s navigation that includes specialized route suggestions for towing and off-roading

  • The available hybrid navigation solution, which stores maps and continues routing if adventures take drivers out of cell coverage, is part of the SYNC 4 technology available in the newly redesigned Ford F-150 and Bronco

DEARBORN, Mich., July 29, 2020 – As the all-new F-150 pickup and Bronco two- and four-door 4x4 rugged SUVs take customers on ever more extreme adventures, Ford and Telenav are helping ensure their connected navigation technologies continue working on far-off adventures unlike smartphone mapping apps that cease to work outside cellular range.

That is because Telenav®, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNAV), a leading provider of connected-car and location-based services, is expanding its collaboration with Ford to supply hybrid navigation software and services that continue to work smoothly even when users venture out of network coverage. The available hybrid navigation solution, which stores maps and continues routing if adventures take drivers out of cell coverage, is part of the SYNC 4 technology available in the newly redesigned Ford F-150 and Bronco.

“Customers want connected vehicle technologies to work more like smartphones with real-time, personalized services – and that is exactly what we are offering with Ford SYNC 4 innovations such as Telenav’s navigation system,” said Gary Jablonski, manager, Ford Connected Vehicle Infotainment Systems. “F-150 and Bronco drivers now can get richer, quicker location search results, tow more confidently with custom routes and keep following off-road trail maps where other navigation systems go dark when cell coverage ends.”

Additionally, the navigation includes specialized routing options for customers who are towing a trailer or off-roading, both important capabilities for these vehicles. The system guides users to routes best suited for the dimensions of their trailer to help avoid sharp turns, narrow bridges and low overpasses. Off-road enthusiasts can navigate to and on many 4X4 trails across North America, with additional trail maps to be added over time.

For everyday driving, the connected navigation experience will give F-150 and Bronco owners the latest maps for reliable, time-saving navigation and location information such as finding cheap and available parking or a well-reviewed restaurant to eat along the way. The navigation solution uses real-time traffic conditions to provide the fastest routes with alerts of incidences like accidents and congestions along the route. To help minimize distractions while driving, customers can use SYNC 4’s digital voice assistance for many of these features.

“Ford and Telenav are building on a long-term collaboration to help customers get the most out of their vehicles, whether it’s advising F-150 customers to steer around traffic jams to help save time getting to jobs or keeping Bronco off-roaders on track on their exciting adventures,” said H.P. Jin, Telenav Co-Founder and CEO. “We’re proud to be a partner in that with our connected navigation solution and services.”

F-150 and Bronco customers also will have access to up-to-date landmarks and businesses in the surrounding area with their descriptions and user ratings from Yelp. Telenav’s one-box search technology makes looking up addresses and destinations simple and convenient, intelligently prioritizing results based on the user’s location and personal preferences. The navigation solution incorporates prediction service that anticipates the user’s destinations and automatically makes routing suggestions, all without the user having to enter a single word.

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I didn’t see it mentioned (unless I’ve missed it in another thread):

Will Bronco Owners be able to enter in “favorite” trails that may not be currently “mapped” through the Telenav maps?

For instance, some of us know of trails that are not really “mapped”, but are accessible.

Would a user be able to create or enter a new trail/mapping into Telenav or would it capture it - so that it may be shared globally?
 

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Does this come standard with SYNC 4 or do you need a separate package or add-on?
 

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My phone navigation works fine outside cell range and I use it frequently. All you need to do is have the maps downloaded locally. Its good to see the sync functions will still work though.
 

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Do you mean when cell service is not available? GPS is available everywhere.
GPS can be degraded and/or turned off per DOD during certain times (war). But I think it’s the cell service that’s in question here ... 🤷‍♂️

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I was under the impression that GPS worked everywhere as well until a couple weekends ago when I was heading up to a campground in the mountains and no GPS signal. Google maps though and I know they rely heavily on both cell service and wifi hotspots as well to pinpoint the location.
 

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Really like this question, as a lot of people have no idea that even a simple camping trip 50 miles away can be totally off grid. Rockies and any mountain top really. I know a lot of folks on the forum will be new to going out in the woods and wheeling, but this doesn't need to be intimidating; trust me you'll love it! People are very nice out also. So just want to drop some helpful info here....

Always good to have 2 GPS devices on hand. Your cell phone can be one, but something like a Garmin InReach or the mini version is the smartest $300-$400 you'll ever spend. Can't always talk, but you can text emergency services or loved ones if you encounter trouble or just to update where you are. Even falling down and hurting an ankle while hiking can be devastating. You also want a GPS device for the maps. You'll need to remember to download them for offline use before heading out and Google Maps is cool, but Gaia GPS is the best overall for off roading. Annual subscription is a smart move and is about $40 and opens up a world of map resources. Maps eat a ton of memory though, so if using or thinking of an iPad, get one with a lot of memory.

If you're going to go wheeling with a group (always suggested), the two things to bring are recovery gear, and communication. A small handheld HAM radio (get the license, its cheap and an easy test) can be picked up for under $40 and keep you in contact with your party, weather updates, or emergency contacting. CB radio is cool too, but good idea to have both if you're going to wheel often as some guys have one or the other.
 

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From the article:

Ford's Sync 4 includes downloadable trail maps for additional peace of mind when adventuring beyond cell phone range. Plus, it has towing maps, too.
Now, if they had a system that could accurately track your position in remote locations with no cell network AND no GPS/GLONASS/etc. ... that would be impressive ...
 

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As a trail runner, you can be miles from civilization, miles from cell service and never even see GPS signals waiver. If you can see the sky you will have a reliable GPS signal.

Ironically if you want GPS to take a dump the one place that happens pretty reliably is among tall buildings in city centers. The skyscrapers cut off your view of the sky.

No reason to ever worry about not having GPS signal in nature
 

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Now, if they had a system that could accurately track your position in remote locations with no cell network AND no GPS/GLONASS/etc. ... that would be impressive ...
Aircraft generally have this capability - INS (Inertial Navigavition System) uses (anymore) laser-ring gyros to create a reference point - usually in conjunction with GPS. Then using a bunch of math, and precise measurements of precession in the ring gyros, the system can self determine position. The accuracy isn’t as good as GPS and it will degrade over time but the systems are pretty slick. And self contained.

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Aircraft generally have this capability - INS (Inertial Navigavition System) uses (anymore) laser-ring gyros to create a reference point - usually in conjunction with GPS - then using a bunch of math and precise measurements of precession in the ring gyros, the system can self determine position. The accuracy isn’t as good as GPS and it will degrade over time but the systems are pretty slick.

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Yep, I'm familiar with INS and GPS-denied localization. Not common features on consumer road cars currently.
 

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Aircraft generally have this capability - INS (Inertial Navigavition System) uses (anymore) laser-ring gyros to create a reference point - usually in conjunction with GPS. Then using a bunch of math, and precise measurements of precession in the ring gyros, the system can self determine position. The accuracy isn’t as good as GPS and it will degrade over time but the systems are pretty slick. And self contained.

JK
Seems pretty trivial to have a similar system in a vehicle that uses distance traveled (odometer) and steering orientation.
Real question is how accurate it could be and what compounding errors would do.
Though, as a stop-gap in between GPS reception....
 

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From the article:



Now, if they had a system that could accurately track your position in remote locations with no cell network AND no GPS/GLONASS/etc. ... that would be impressive ...
Yep, I'm familiar with INS and GPS-denied localization. Not common features on consumer road cars currently.
Nope - but I think there are some apps for the iPhone that use the gyro in the phone to do a very rudimentary approximation of INS.

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is this the pay to play software solution that requires a subscription?

If so , i think people should complain. Its one thing adding this as an option for 1000 bucks or something up front.

But forcing people to pay monthly for something that doesnt even use data is crazy and should not be encouraged by customers. Because pretty soon car companies will be piling on monthly options to pump their stock prices instead of actually innovating. Its a nightmare scenario
 

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