Verizon Wireless announced today that VZ Navigator (Version 4) is now available on select consumer phones. First announced during CTIA WIRELESS 2008, the newest version of VZ Navigator allows customers in 75 cities from coast to coast to access information about traffic incidents on major roadways, obtain traffic updates and find detours around traffic congestion and accidents. More cities are expected to be added in the coming year. In addition, the new version of VZ Navigator offers a 3D perspective view of maps, a movie and events finder, weather reports and forecasts, and gas prices at nearby gas stations. Here is more info:
Verizon Wireless? VZ Navigator service is a location-based service (LBS) application that utilizes location-based technology and real-time and historical information feeds. The new version of VZ Navigator offers customers the following features:
-Traffic Integration ? Customers in 75 cities can access routes that are calculated using both historical and real-time reported traffic information. Historical information allows customers to see on average whether the traffic is impacted by traffic lights, heavy traffic or school zones. Incident and flow information tells customers how traffic is flowing and includes details about reported accidents, disabled vehicles and congestion. VZ Navigator?s historical data covers over 750,000 miles of roads in 48 states. The traffic tracking center continually monitors conditions along the customers? routes, sending proactive alerts to drivers about conditions ahead of them on their chosen routes. Detour options allow users to compare estimated times of arrival and conditions before selecting a new route.
-Local Movies and Events ? Customers can now search for show times, critics? ratings and other details for movies, concerts, plays, sporting events, and other social events based on the physical location of their phones.
-3D Perspective View ? Enhances navigation by displaying maps from angles customers would see through car windshields, making it easier to visualize turn-by-turn directions.
-Gas Finder ? Provides customers with information on the location of gas stations close to their physical locations and even provides gas prices as reported by many gas stations in the area. Once a customer selects a station, VZ Navigator can also provide turn-by-turn directions to the selected gas station.
-Weather ? Provides current weather conditions and forecasts based on the physical location of the customer?s phone without manually inputting an address.
Verizon Wireless customers who currently have a subscription to VZ Navigator can upgrade on select phones by simply selecting Options from the main screen of VZ Navigator then selecting Check for Updates. At launch, the following phones are able to access VZ Navigator (Version 4): G?zOne Type-V and G?zOne Type-S; Kyocera K323; The V(TM), enV(TM), enV(2)(TM), Chocolate, Venus(TM), and Voyager(TM) by LG, LG VX5300, LG VX5400, LG VX8300, LG VX8350, LG VX8600, LG VX8700, and LG VX9400; Nokia 6205 and Nokia 2605; MOTOKRZR(TM) K1m, MOTORAZR(TM) maxx Ve, MOTORAZR(2) V9m, MOTORAZR(TM) V3c, MOTORAZR(TM) V3m, MOTOSLVR L7c, MOTO(TM) Z6c world edition, and Motorola W385; and Alias(TM) by Samsung, Verizon Wireless Juke by Samsung, Samsung SCH-a930, Samsung SCH-a990, Samsung SCH-u410, Samsung SCH-u540, and Samsung SCH-u620.