MapQuest has unwrapped details surrounding a new proudct, MapQuest Navigator. This product will provide maps and driving directions on some mobile phones with support Java, BREW, Windows Mobile, and Symbian. Voice prompting is also available as part of the service.
MapQuest Navigator can also provide pedestrian routes where the best route will ignore things like making sure you are going the correct way on one way streets and it won’t route you over interstates.
MapQuest Navigator will not break down if you make or receive a phone call, the navigation system will still continue to work. Millions of POIs are also available from the MapQuest database. Other features available similar to traditional GPS navigation systems are the ability to calculate routes avoiding highways, automatic rerouting and zooming/panning of maps. You can also use MapQuest Navigator to send details about specific POIs to other friends via text message.
Pricing for the device will be up to each individual carrier, however MapQuest officials say they hope MapQuest Navigator will cost about $4 per month.
“A big part of our future is mobile … We have users of mapquest.com that already trust us. This is just a better way for us to guide our users to their destinations,” said Alan Beiagi, MapQuest’s general manager of wireless.