Ford and Telenav Collaborate for Offline Vehicle Navigation

SYNC 4 technology, which is at the heart of the new F150 and Bronco line of Ford vehicles, offers rich interactive mapping software via Telenav. In addition to providing traditional navigation, it can also provide suggestions for specialized routes for towing or 4X4 adventures. These navigation features will work with or without cell network coverage. While the idea of storing maps for off-line use isn’t new, Ford and Telenav hope to provide a more seamless user experience whereby routes and information are still available off-line so customers can count on their nav system anywhere.

“Customers want connected vehicle technologies to work more like smartphones with real-time, personalized services. 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.”



Telenav software can utilize the dimensions of your Ford vehicle to create routes that avoid hazards like low overpasses, tight turns, and narrow bridges. But users can expect even richer information which can be automatically delivered based on location and route—things like free parking, food, and other amenities complete with Yelp. The SYNC 4 system will also utilize real-time traffic data to help drivers avoid accidents and congestion. In an effort to keep drivers focused on the task at hand, voice commands will allow users to interact with many of the SYNC 4 system features without lifting a finger.

“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.”

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When he's not publishing campervan content or gear reviews on ExPo, Matt Swartz is honing his paragliding skills, hiking a 14er, or exploring the backroads of Colorado. His love of travel has seen him bike across the United States, as well as explore more exotic destinations like the Amazon basin and Patagonia. Matt spent three years living in a 1964 RV with his partner, Amanda. He's worked as an Interpretive Ranger and Wildland Firefighter and his photography and writing has been published in Rova Magazine, the Leatherman blog, 'Hit The Road' by Gestalten Publishing, and Forbes.