TeleNav On My Way Updates ETA via SMS
TeleNav announced a pretty innovative application that allows you to notify your friends of your expected arrival time, updating them if you run into trouble. OnMyWay is a simple notification program that automatically alerts a friend or group of friends your trip status and estimated time of arrival. By setting up those friends and configuring the notifications ahead of time, you can control who gets updates and when they might get additional updates; time away from destination, distance from destination, etc. Friends can get notifications via email or text alerts. The system never sends your exact GPS location, but instead let's them know the key info - when you'll really be there.
I like the innovation. Kindof like Glympse without the GPS mapping or the privacy concerns.
Full Press Release after the jump.......
New Mobile App Helps Drivers Keep Focused on the Road by Automatically and Safely Notifying Contacts When They Will Arrive
OnMyWay™ from TeleNav alerts contacts of changes to driver's ETA
based on GPS location
TeleNav, one of the largest global wireless navigation services providers with more than 14 million subscribers, today announced a new location-based mobile application called OnMyWay. OnMyWay is a simple-to-use notification application that automatically alerts a pre-determined person or group of people of the sender's trip status and estimated time of arrival (ETA). Drivers can quickly set an OnMyWay notification prior to getting on the road and the application will automatically send travel time updates based on location to designated contacts via text and/or e-mail.
A recent Ford Motor Co. study concluded that manually dialing a mobile device while driving was almost 2.8 times riskier than normal driving1. More so, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) found that those who text while driving are 23 times more likely to get into an accident than that of a driver paying full attention to the road2.
"With increasingly busy lives and growing traffic problems, many Americans struggle to be anywhere on time. Whether you're going to an important meeting across town or having dinner with friends, things happen that cause people to run late," said HP Jin, president, CEO and co-founder of TeleNav. "We want to make ETA updates safe and easy."
To create an OnMyWay notification, a user inputs a destination, enters a scheduled appointment time, selects or enters one or more phone numbers or e-mail addresses to send alerts to, and then hits start. The user's address book is automatically integrated into the application to simplify information input. In addition, the sender has the option to attach a personal message to each notification.
The application automatically notifies recipients of the sender's ETA by text or e-mail so the user can focus on driving. OnMyWay delivers an initial notification alerting the receiver when the driver has started his/her trip and includes an anticipated ETA based on GPS location. Following the initial alert, up to three additional status messages might be automatically sent based on the sender's preferences. Additional alerts sent to the recipient include notification if the sender will be late for the appointment (with a new ETA), when the person is a pre-determined time (in minutes) away from the destination, and one minute from arriving. OnMyWay does not share the user's specific location in any of the notifications.
"OnMyWay allows me to keep my wife automatically updated when I'm on the road. It's especially helpful if I'm running late for dinner," continued Jin. "This is a service that has daily relevance for most Americans."
OnMyWay is a free application and is available immediately on BlackBerry App World™ on the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8310, BlackBerry® 8800, BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9000 and BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700 smartphones on the AT&T network. TeleNav plans on launching OnMyWay on additional devices soon including the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8530 and BlackBerry® Tour™ 9630 smartphones on the Sprint and Verizon networks, as well as the BlackBerry® 8820 and BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700 smartphones on the T-Mobile network. Standard text messaging and data usage fees apply. To download OnMyWay or other TeleNav products to your BlackBerry® smartphone, please visit BlackBerry App World (www.blackberry.com/appworld).
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Posted by Scott Martin at March 22, 2010 8:03 PM