Telenav Scout for Phones to go 3D, get crowd-sourced traffic reporting in 2013

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Telenav Scout for Phones to go 3D, get crowdsourced traffic reporting in 2013

There are plenty of choices to meet your mobile mapping needs, from feature-rich offerings from big names like Google, Apple and Nokia to crowd-sourced services like Waze. Telenav’s Scout app falls somewhere in between, and today the company announced that it’ll get both 3D buildings and landmarks and crowd-sourced traffic reporting (backed by TomTom’s database) later this year. Graphically, Scout in 3D looks similar to Google Maps and will initially be available for major metro areas in the US.

As for traffic reporting, Telenav will be asking its 34 million subscribers to report accidents and traffic jams, and will update its database in real-time. That means that as road conditions change, Scout’ll suggest faster alternate route options to get you from point A to point B hassle-free. No word exactly when these new capabilities will make it to users, but when they do arrive later this year, both premium and free users will get ’em. In the meantime, check out the video of the new 3D maps in action after the break.

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