US: MyFord Touch with TeleNav navigation goes on sale

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TeleNav recently announced the immediate availability of its embedded automotive navigation product in the 2011 Ford Edge, and the 2011 Lincoln MKX, called MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch respectively.

Ford uses TeleNav’s automotive-grade navigation software in its latest generation of Ford SYNC to help drivers search, find and drive to places more reliably and quickly.

The in-vehicle system integrates with Ford’s award-winning SYNC platform – also powered by TeleNav routing software – and connects with the infotainment and telematics system in the vehicle.

Ford’s new navigation system marks TeleNav’s first automotive embedded solution.

TeleNav also powers the routing in Ford SYNC’s Traffic, Directions and Information (TDI) application, the automaker’s network of services that leverages the driver’s mobile phone to access a wide range of cloud-based features and information.

When MyFord Touch premium navigation and SYNC TDI are combined, drivers get the best of the system’s off-board connected navigation services – such as real-time traffic, local weather and more than 12 million up-to-date POIs – with the performance of an embedded navigation system.

In addition to MyFord Touch map-based navigation, TeleNav developed Eco-Route, an application for the system that calculates a fuel-efficient route for the driver.

When a destination is entered into the system, MyFord Touch accesses historical and real-time traffic data as well as speed limits and road angulations to calculate three drive route options: fastest, shortest and eco-friendly.

Ford testing shows using Eco-Route can be up to 15 percent more fuel-efficient when compared to other route options provided by MyFord Touch.

MyFord Touch map-based navigation will be available in the U.S. in select vehicles starting this week with the Ford Edge and will be available globally on the 2012 Ford Focus.

MyLincoln Touch will be standard equipment on the new 2011 Lincoln MKX.

SYNC TDI is an option or comes standard in more than 80 percent of Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

Source: TeleNav.

Note: The SD Card navigation upgrade will cost $795 on top of the MyFord Touch system.

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