Posted by cnetwork On Thursday, December 15, 2011 0 comments
The service, available for developers now, and scheduled for public launch in early 2012, lets website developers put turn-by-turn controls into their pages for free, including "full-color moving maps, audio directions and even automatic rerouting, if the driver misses a turn," according to TeleNav. The reason it works is because the latest browsers are designed to interpret more complex commands for multimedia and location services, collectively referred to as HTML5.
TeleNav is presenting this as a tool for shops and services to attract customers: “With one line of code, (businesses) can give customers one-click access to premium, voice-guided turn-by-turn directions to any location, including hotels, restaurants, merchants or deal locations," said Sal Dhanani, the company's co-founder and products VP.
I see this as, simply, the natural progression of things — if you can have maps, and have location-aware devices serving up those maps, how long before someone put two-and-two together, and built a website that could steer you around to wherever you want to go? Not long at all, it turns out.
By Wilson Rothman MSNBC.com