Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Have cellphone, will travel

Here's an idea that's long overdue now that there are probably more cellphones than people on the planet. If you're on the road and lost, who ya gonna call: MapQuest!

"The navigation-focused Internet company, owned by America Online (AOL), unveiled the "Send to Phone" feature on Wednesday as part of its MapQuest Mobile service, priced at $3.99 a month.
To access the feature, users visit from a computer, request maps and directions, and enter their mobile phone number. They can then retrieve the information through the MapQuest Mobile application on their cell phones."

Good idea, but we're not quite there just yet. The service requires that you request your map before you leave, so if you get lost first, you're still lost. A better solution might be a call in service that you call into once you're actually lost. Using voice recognition, you speak your destination and the nearest intersection of where you are when lost. Don't worry AAA, you and your TripTik maps aren't obsolete just yet.

Read more at InfoWorld

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