In honor of Autumn and the unofficial beginning of the holiday season, Scout has added some cool new Halloween car icons. Now you can drive around in your very own jack-o-lantern, frankenstein, spider, or skull! Just don’t get spooked looking down at your navigation!
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Halloween icons are available for iPhone and Android users now, so check them out while they last, because they’re only here for a limited time!
Why drive alone, when you can drive with friends? We have updated Scout for Android with a cool new feature that will help when meeting up with friends, family, or colleagues.
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You can now invite people to join you at a location and then share your ETA as well as allow all participants to see where others are. No more wasting time sending messages back and forth trying to coordinate, because it’s all right there in Scout!
Steve joined Telenav today as our Head of OSM. This post is also featured on his personal blog this morning. To watch Steve tell his story about how OSM started with a backpack, a bike, and a GPS device, please visit scout.me/osm.
When I started the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project in 2004, I had some ideas of how it might grow – and many ideas for how I wanted it to grow – but I never could have really predicted where it actually would be nine years later.
It has been super fulfilling and fun to watch a project, that started out as one English guy (me!) riding around on his bike with a GPS and wires dangling to a laptop, advance into something that more than a million users (and doubling every year) actively contribute to and that major brands are now adopting globally.
If I’d only known this in 2004, I may have invested in a nicer bike.
Is it too cliché to say that I am a lucky man to be able to combine what I am passionate about with what I do to pay my mortgage?
Today, my luck continues as I share with you that I have joined Telenav to lead OSM growth and development in its Scout navigation services. I have watched Telenav for a few years now as the company has invested in the OSM community and has developed technology to help improve data across the country. It was fascinating to observe over time how the team developed the technology that allows OSM to work well in a navigation environment – a task that is much more complicated than just providing a display map. Moreover, the community benefit of adding billions of GPS data points into the map editing process is exactly how I had hoped that the crowd-sourcing process would evolve.
We are in a new era. Community-based content is quite the norm rather than the outlier. Organizations like Wikipedia have demonstrated that crowd-sourced content can be just as good as commercially licensed content and, many times, even better. The beauty of community-based mapping is, of course, that there are no limitations on the detail that can be added and updated for every city across the globe – down to how many trees are on each individual street. True, drivers may not need this level of detail but they certainly depend on accurate street and business information. If you combine that with other community content like traffic updates and construction alerts, it is easy to imagine how open, real-time, crowdsourced information could dramatically impact your experience each time you get into your car.
And that’s what I am now set forth to do at Telenav – imagine with the team all of the possibilities of OSM and navigation and then focus on bringing them to life.
I feel a little like I did back in 2004 when I set out with my bike, backpack and GPS to map my first road – not sure exactly what lies ahead but excited for the possibilities.
It’s always great to announce a new addition to the Scout family, and with that we’d like to introduce Scout for Windows Phone 8! The release is now available in the Marketplace and compatible with all Windows Phone 8 devices.
This time around we focused on adding a key feature that will help you get around easier and more effectively. And that magic feature is none other than…
We’re pairing already great traffic data of more than 100 million traffic sources with incidents that YOU report. So what does that mean, you ask? Scout's already accurate and reliable traffic data gets an extra boost from all of our users, creating the potential for one of the most dynamic traffic solutions available. Users can report traffic congestion, police, road hazards, and accidents to help their on-the-road comrades avoid getting stuck in gridlock or getting pulled over. So go on, start lending a helping hand to your fellow Scouts!
As an added bonus, traffic information such as the traffic summary and traffic alerts during navigation are now FREE! Is there anything better than cool stuff for free? We didn’t think so! Check out all that Scout for iPhone has to offer and watch the video to see the Scout traffic story in action.
We’re bringing some of our most popular features to Android. Check them out!
The Street Level Traffic feature expands traffic information to expressways and city streets, giving Scout’s routing engine a robust wealth of data with which to craft your most optimal route. In addition to all the data crunching going on behind the scenes, you can also see the expanded green, yellow, and red traffic lines on the map. In short, more colorful lines!
Meeting up with friends? Tired of the “Where are you?” and “How far are you?” messages? Well, we have the remedy for you! OnMyWay ETA Sharing allows you to send a link to your real-time ETA to your friends or family, so they know exactly when to expect you.
You’ve always been able to find places to go using Scout, but now we’re giving you the ability to find things to do. Whether you’re looking for family activities, live music events, sightseeing, or more, Scout can guide you to your next adventure. Check it out, and remove “bored” from your vocabulary.
That's right, we have another one for you! We've managed to churn out a new Scout app that's packed with even more features to help you get out this summer. So let's get straight to the good stuff, and fill you in on what we've been working on in our secret lab.
Street Level Traffic
Flexible Dashboard Maps
Quick View Results
OnMyWay® – Anytime
Continue reading to get the full rundown of all the new features!
Allow us to introduce Scout Ninja! Scout Ninja is here to help you beat traffic, discover cool places, and drive smarter. Stay tuned for Scout Ninja’s tips and tricks from his entire arsenal from time to time.
Since summer’s coming up, we caught up with Scout Ninja to let you in on some secrets that can help you become a master planner, wizard of itineraries, commander of reservations, hotel sleuth, and organizing savant.
My name is Nick Altschuller, and I’m the new Guides Editor for Scout.me. My goal is to inform you about all the compelling venues and events around you. My job, at the moment, is centered in Boston. So if you’re in the Hub of the Universe, and you need to know where to take your toddler for a play date, and where to get a strong martini afterwards, I’m your man.
The first step in this personalized approach is the creation of our Boston Twitter account, @ScoutMeBoston. Please, follow along, ask for a recommendation, or share your own tips and favorites. This is a journey we’re going to take together. And if we get lost, that’s what the GPS is for.
So, what makes me an expert?
Boston is my home of the past 11 years, minus the two I spent earning my master’s degree in journalism. From the beginning, my career has been about tackling the hard issues, like professional football and Neil Diamond impersonators. I’ve written sophisticated innuendo for Maxim. For Esquire, I grilled chef Robert Irvine on time travel and how he’d prepare tofu for a black bear. While ducking Pulitzers, I’ve spent the past five years with The Improper Bostonian, an arts and entertainment magazine. As an editor, I collaborated with a wide spectrum of local creators and innovators. In my position, I was plugged into city life, and often stained with red wine as well as red ink. It was a dreadful grind, one I made in the service of reporting on fun.
I plan to continue that work with Scout, and I look forward to discovering the best of the city with you,