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TELENAV GPS NAVIGATION SYSTEMS FEATURE SPEECH INTERFACE.

Televigation, a provider of wireless motion-based technology and services, has debuted TeleNav, North America's first GPS navigation service for mobile phones. TeleNav gives owners of certain Java (J2ME) mobile phones the ability to navigate turn-by-turn to virtually any street address in the continental United States using a combination of real-time voice and graphical directions delivered directly to their phone.

TeleNav opens the door to a wide range of new capabilities and services for wireless phone users. TeleNav costs only $7.00 per month for the basic service (users must also subscribe to a wireless data service from their wireless carrier). TeleNav is user-centric instead of vehicle-centric, meaning that TeleNav subscribers can take the service with them from one vehicle to another.

"TeleNav has the great potential to really bring the GPS Navigation technology to the mass market," said Dr. HP Jin, president and chief executive officer of Televigation. "Wireless mobile phones are the most ubiquitous personal technology device in use today; what's more, mobile phones have become a delivery point for a wide range of services that make them truly indispensable to the user. It's only natural to use mobile phones for GPS navigation."

To use TeleNav, subscribers first enter their destination by using a voice recognition system or by typing in the address on their Java phone. Once the address is entered, the user starts the TeleNav Java application, after which TeleNav provides real-time, turn-by-turn directions based on the user's current location.

Real-time turn-by-turn direction messages are displayed on the mobile phone's screen and audibly played via speakerphone. The screen displays the name of the street where the next turn is to be made, as well as an appropriate turn arrow and real-time distance to the turn. If the user makes a wrong turn or changes course, the system automatically re-routes the user to the original destination.

Professional, Personal Applications

TeleNav is a valuable asset to mobile professionals such as salespeople, taxi drivers, couriers, field repair/maintenance personnel, and others who need to reach specific destinations quickly and reliably. Its flexibility, convenience, and nationwide coverage make it practical for personal use as well, both locally and when traveling out of town.

TeleNav can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.telenav.net.

About Televigation

Televigation is a provider of technology enabling wireless motion-based services, which are location-based services specifically designed for the growing use of wireless devices in a mobile context. Motion-based services focus on a wireless user's movement, because in a mobile world the path of the user determines what information is relevant for the user.

Televigation's technology can deliver voice and graphical-interface, feature-rich motion-based services over standard mobile phones. In 2001, Televigation was awarded "Best of Show" at Upside's 5th annual Showcase conference and "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Frost & Sullivan. Televigation has been awarded five patents in relevant core technologies.

Televigation can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.televigation.com/.

For more information, call 425/894-2890.
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