Telenav has started a new Scout for Developers programme, featuring a new Scout Maps and Navigation SDK. It is the first commercial-grade navigation for mobile app developers worldwide based on the crowd-sourced OpenStreetMap (OSM). It is also the first widely-available navigation SDK to offer hybrid (online and offline) navigation using OSM. OSM is a crowd-sourced map of the world that is often more detailed and updated than Google Maps and other commercially licensed maps.
The Scout for Developers programme also includes a new Scout Maps API for desktop and mobile websites based on OSM. Strava will be one of the first companies to use the new OSM-based developer solution, with plans to integrate the Scout Maps API into the company’s popular GPS cycling and running mobile apps.
The new Scout for Developers solutions are powered by Scout’s highly-rated maps and navigation technology and include a high-level of customization, giving developers the ability decide on what detail is shown on the map, its color and styling all with the developer’s own branding.
Offline capability is completely customizable to allow developers to offer downloadable maps for offline navigation at any level, from an entire country down to a local neighborhood. Other capabilities of the Scout Maps and Navigation SDK include vector maps, unique route options such as pedestrian and biking trails, detail-rich OSM data like building footprints and bicycle routes, and options for colors, style, and branding. The Scout Maps API also includes support for a variety of language options. All of the developer solutions are available for both iOS and Android.