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Type Public company
Industry Location-based service
Founded 1999 by H.P. Jin, Sal Dhanani, Y.C. Chao and Bob Rennard
Headquarters Sunnyvale, California
Products GPS navigation software and devices
Employees 900

Telenav, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNAV) is a wireless location-based services company that provides services including global positioning system (GPS) navigation, local search, automotive navigation solutions, mobile advertising, enterprise mobility and workflow automation. The company’s headquarters are located in Sunnyvale, California in the United States with additional offices in the U.S., China, and Brazil.



Telenav, originally founded as “Televigation” was first established in 1999 by HP Jin, YC Chao, Sal Dhanani and Robert Rennard to provide GPS-based navigation software on mobile devices.[1]


In December 2000, Telenav launched myPNA (My Personal Navigation Assistant) WAP service to Sprint. The product allowed users to retrieve directions between two addresses and search for local points-of-interest (POIs).[2]

In 2002, Telenav developed a real-time mobile navigation product for Nextel/Motorola Java phones using a tethered GPS receiver developed by GlobalSat.. Within months, Telenav Navigator was available on the Nextel network.

In the spring of 2003, Telenav created a location-based application for Nextel/Motorola phone, i730. The app used GPS technology to provide navigation, location and POI search.

The following year, Navigator was created for the BlackBerry 7520, RIM’s first GPS-enabled device. The app was able to integrate with BlackBerry’s operating system to access the phone’s contact list and contact manager.


Sprint Navigation was introduced in 2005. Catering to Sprint devices, Telenav created a line of mobiled-based applications with 3D navigation capability available for wireless subscribers using particular Sprint devices.[3]

Telenav Track, a product designed to help companies track their mobile resources including employees, vehicles and assets was launched in 2006. In 2007, Telenav announced traffic notification and re-routing functionality for Telenav GPS Navigator for Sprint, a new feature toGPS navigation services[4]

In February 2009, Telenav announced their first Android app[5] available in Google Play, GPS Navigator, a full-color, 3D, turn-by-turn GPS navigation service. In April, the company made GPS Navigator available in the BlackBerry App world.[6] The app included GPS-enabled turn-by-turn driving directions with full-color, 3D moving maps, automatic re-routing and voice command.

Also, in June 2009, Telenav unveiled its first app for iOS, AT&T Navigator,[7] made available on the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The app offered voice, turn-by-turn navigation service as well as speech recognition, traffic alerts, daily gas prices, and one-touch rerouting.

In March 2011, Telenav announced a stand-alone application, Telenav GPS Navigation, available for all iOS users.[8] The Ford Motor Company also announced the use of Telenav GPS navigation software in Ford SYNC with Traffic, Directions, and Information.


Telenav completed its Initial Public Offering[10] (IPO) in May 2010 and began trading on the NASDAQ under the symbol TNAV.[11] With the completion of its IPO, Telenav became the first mobile LBS company to enter into public trading.

In 2010, Ford announced it had also selected Telenav to provide GPS navigation software in its new MyFord Touch driver connect technology.[9] During the summer, Telenav announced a partnership with U.S. Cellular Corporation[12] (U.S.C.C.) to bring mobile GPS navigation service to wireless subscribers with the Your Navigator Deluxe, a product, powered by Telenav.

In September 2011, Telenav acquired the Boston-based company, Goby Inc., a local and travel search company. Goby, a free service, is a deep web search engine that searches selected databases on the web focused on 400 categories of things to do while traveling.

At CES 2012, Telenav announced new iPhone app, Scout, a GPS and discovery app with integration with the web and automotive. Also at CES, Ford announced Scout as the personalized navigation service for all upcoming vehicles carrying the Ford SYNC® AppLink™.

Most recently, Telenav announced Scout for Apps, in March – a service for mobile web and app developers to include turn-by-turn, voice-guided GPS navigation within their mobile app or website via HTML5.

In January 2014 Telenav acquired Skobbler, a producer of navigation software for Android and iPhone based on OpenStreetMap for $23.8 Million.[10]


TeleNav offers a number of location-based products serving the mobile consumer and enterprise markets.


Announced in January, 2012,[11] Scout was launched for iPhones. The free mobile app features mapping and navigation support with turn-by-turn directions. Scout has a customizable start screen that allows users to access real-time commute times, current location, search and weather.[edit]

Also announced in January 2012,[12] is an online searching tool that seeks out food, drink and social activities around a user and their specific location. Users are able to save locations and activities as favorites, which then integrate with the Scout mobile app.

Scout for Cars[edit]

Scout for Cars gives access to the Scout navigation experience and search features using in-car features and controls on automobiles.[13] Scout for Cars will be formatted and displayed on the car’s center cosole to provide drivers with turn-by-turn directions and voice guidance through internal speakers. Features range from full-color moving maps to basic navigation, depending on automotive OEM specifications.

Currently, Scout is only available for select Ford vehicles.[14]

Scout for Apps[edit]

Scout for Apps is a HTML5, browser-based, voice-guided turn-by-turn GPS navigation service for mobile phones.[15] The free service for mobile web and app developer, offers the ability to include turn-by-turn, voice-guided GPS navigation within their mobile app or website. Developers can integrate the service by adding one line of code.

TeleNav GPS Navigator[edit]

TeleNav GPS Navigator[16] is a mobile GPS navigation application that features turn-by-turn 3-D navigation, real-time traffic updates, automatic re-routing, POI search, the ability for the user to save and share addresses, direct speech recognition and more.

The latest version of TeleNav GPS Navigator is version 7.4 and features lane guidance, red light camera notifications, speed limit alerts, commute traffic alerts and out of network navigation.

Additionally, TeleNav powered GPS navigation applications are available as white-label products on AT&T (AT&T Navigator), Sprint (Sprint Navigation), U.S. Cellular (Your Navigator Deluxe), Rogers Wireless (Rogers Navigator), and several other carriers.

TeleNav Shotgun[edit]

Released in 2008, Telenav Shotgun[17] is an Internet-connected personal navigation device. In addition to 3D turn-by-turn navigation and voice assistance, Shotgun features include real-time traffic, mileage tracking, local search of POIs, and automatic re-routing.


OnMyWay[18] is a free notification application designed to help drivers provide updates on their ETA to a given destination or location to an individual or a group of people. OnMyWay uses GPS technology to track a user’s progress but does not provide the recipient with the user’s location information.

OnMyWay was initially launched on BlackBerry[19] devices, but has since been released to iPhone & Android phones.[20]

TeleNav Track[edit]

TeleNav Track[21] is an enterprise mobility software that is designed to help organizations manage their mobile workforce and assets. Some of its features include workforce management capabilities such as wireless forms and barcode capture, GPS tracking of assets and resources, and turn-by-turn navigation capabilities. TeleNav Track uses GPS, mobile device and Web technologies and allows organizations to integrate information sent from the mobile device with back office systems such as payroll or inventory to improve productivity. Organizations using TeleNav Track have experienced costs savings by decreasing the amount of paper forms used on the job and the time needed to input data from paper forms, reducing labor cost through GPS verification of time-card activities, and shrinking fuel costs from more efficient dispatching and route assignment.

TeleNav Asset Tracker[edit]

TeleNav Asset Tracker[22] is a product which is designed to let users to monitor the real-time location of assets, such as packages, cargo or equipment, using a secure, web-based portal. TeleNav uses the Sendum PT200 tracking hardware to send location information of assets to organizations involved in shipping, distribution, transportation, law enforcement, equipment leasing or government operations.

TeleNav Vehicle Tracker[edit]

TeleNav Vehicle Tracker[23] is designed to help companies track their fleet vehicles in real-time using a web-based portal. Using Vehicle Tracker, companies can identify the location of all vehicles in their fleet and receive reports on vehicle speed, extended stop times, and mileage.

The device provides location information allowing TeleNav Asset Tracker users to monitor the real-time location of assets, such as packages, cargo or equipment, using a secure, Web-based portal.


Sipity[24] is a professional networking application designed to make finding and connecting with relevant people at events easier. Currently available on the iPhone, Sipity users can seek out other potential contacts at tradeshows or other industry events with similar positions or interests, in addition to reviewing their profile and sending messages within the application.


Designed for university students, Jungle![25] is a mobile marketplace application which allows users to buy, sell, and find items, services, and housing within their surrounding areas from their iPhone or iPod Touch. Jungle! is unique in that it uses an item’s location to help return relevant results for an end-user. Within the search results, a user can determine their distance from a posted item and may even choose to see its approximate location on a map. By default, Jungle shows the location of a posting over a .5 mile radius and a user can opt-out of sharing this information.

Jungle! currently supports the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPod Touch. It launched in August 2010 at several California universities including Stanford University, University of California – Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and San Jose State University.


In November 2010, TeleNav launched its latest mobile application named MyTies.[26] MyTies is a completely mobile-based social network designed to allow users to control and protect their privacy. Currently, MyTies is available on the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4.0.

  • Note: Nextel merged with Sprint and is now Sprint Nextel Corporation.



  1. ^ "TeleNav Company Profile"
  3. ^ Berry Review. "New TeleNav And US Cellular Partnership"
  4. ^ Softpedia "Telenav announces GPS Navigator"
  5. ^ Telenav Android app "Telenav announces Android App"
  6. ^ Telenav, BlackBerry app "Telenav announces BlackBerry App"
  7. ^ Telenav, AT&T partnership "Telenav, AT&T announce AT&T Navigator"
  8. ^ Telenav, iPhone App "Telenav launches iPhone app"
  9. ^ Telenav GPS Navigator "Telenav launches GPS Navigator"
  10. ^ "In Open Navigation Tie-Up, Telenav Acquires Skobbler for $23.8 Million"
  11. ^ Scout "Telenav announces Scout"
  12. ^ Scout announcement "Telenav announces Scout"
  13. ^ Scout announcement
  14. ^ Ford, Scout partnership "Ford, Scout partnership"
  15. ^ Scout for Apps announcement "Scout for Apps announcement"
  16. ^ TeleNav GPS Navigator "TeleNav GPS Navigator Homepage"
  17. ^ "TeleNav Shotgun Homepage"
  18. ^ "TeleNav's OnMyWay service now live on Verizon, Sprint, & T-Mobile BlackBerry handsets"
  19. ^ TeleNav Blog "Introducing OnMyWay: Let Your Friends Know You’re On The Way!"
  20. ^ "Send your ETA with TeleNav OnMyWay from your Android or iOS device"
  21. ^ "TeleNav Track Homepage"
  22. ^ Commercial Carrier Journal. "AT&T Releases AT&T Asset Tracker"
  23. ^ TeleNav Blog. "AT&T and TeleNav Launch TeleNav Vehicle Tracker"
  24. ^ Sipity Homepage. ""
  25. ^ TeleNav Press Release. "TeleNav Launches Free Location Based Classifieds iPhone App for College Students"
  26. ^ MyTies Homepage. ""

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