Nokia yesterday announced the update to Nokia Maps which brings ‘Real Traffic Update’ to its smartphone users in Mumbai and Delhi. Symbian users will be able to enjoy this feature via an update to Nokia Drive apps while users of Lumia 800 and 710 will have to update Nokia Maps to get this feature.
Following is the official press release,
Nokia launches ‘Traffic feature’ for Delhi & Mumbai for its smartphone users
The world’s #1 real-time traffic update now available on Nokia smartphones
Mumbai, March 30, 2012 – Nokia today expanded its Location Services portfolio in India with the availability of ‘Traffic feature’, a real time traffic service on Nokia smartphones. The service, available to users in Delhi and Mumbai, will be able to deliver comprehensive, real-time traffic information to more than 26 million people in two of the country’s busiest cities today onwards. The traffic update is available to users on Symbian smartphones on Nokia Drive, and on Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710 on Nokia Maps. Upon download the user can study the traffic situation in real time and subsequently plan a route.
Powered by NAVTEQ Traffic Pro® real-time traffic service, the traffic feature offers superior coverage with detailed information on traffic speeds on motorways, main and secondary roads to enable accurate estimated arrival times helping consumers save time, fuel and frustration. NAVTEQ Traffic Pro® is a unique offering by Nokia Location & Commerce that provides the highest quality traffic information based on the most diverse global traffic collection network. It aggregates and analyses traffic data from a vast wealth of sources, including the world’s largest compilation of both commercial and consumer probe data, the world’s largest fixed proprietary sensor network, event-based data collected from government sources, and extensive historical traffic records.
“Location is at the core of our vision for the future; we aim to empower people, via location-aware technology, sensor-rich devices, and the internet, to explore and enjoy the increasingly hybridised physical and digital world around us. Our aim is to introduce new services such as traffic update, which will make consumers early adopters of the latest technology for a stress free and productive life”, said Vipul Mehrotra, Director, Smart devices, Nokia India at the launch.
“The launch of this traffic feature on Nokia smartphones reflects the ever-growing consumer appetite for more interactive location based services beyond traditional turn-by-turn navigation. Going forward we will continue to introduce more location-aware services that represent the future of mobility for consumers in India”, added Rajat Tandon, Director Sales, Nokia, Location & Commerce.
With the introduction of this service, Nokia Location Services will continue to offer consumers a range of integrated social location products and services that solve everyday problems and unlock opportunities to share new adventures and interact with friends and family. The company will also develop platform services for device manufacturers, application developer.