NAVITIME JAPAN Launches JOURNEY PRO CONNECT: A Smartphone Multimodal Navigation Application Localized for the UK Market | NAVITIME JAPAN

NAVITIME JAPAN Launches JOURNEY PRO CONNECT: A Smartphone Multimodal Navigation Application Localized for the UK Market

Tokyo, Japan -- September 27, 2011 -- A large city in the UK - such as London - with complex public transportation networks and intricate streets can be difficult to travel around. Planning the trip can also be frustrating and time-consuming, as there are so many possible combination of transportation methods and streets to choose from.


Extensively studying the travel needs of the UK population, NAVITIME JAPAN introduced "JOURNEY PRO CONNECT by NAVITIME" (JPC) smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices as an all-in-one solution for travel within the UK. JPC provides a multimodal door-to-door journey planner; sat nav with voice guidance for cars and pedestrians; and features to connect with social networks.

President Dr. Keisuke Onishi commented on the background of the development. "Our challenge in the UK market started two years ago when we were preparing to launch Journey Pro. We studied the unique characteristics of the UK transportation system - as well as how people used them and what inconvenienced them - and released the smartphone application in September 2010. The result was exciting - we received an average of over 200 feedbacks per month in the past year, which included many many positive feedbacks, and additionally, opinions and advice on how to improve the service. We have been continuously updating the application based on those feedbacks, and now with over 152 thousand downloads, I can say that it has been worth the effort. The new JOURNEY PRO CONNECT brings a whole new challenge, with new social features and a larger transportation scope. By putting users first, I wish to create a healthy eco-system for this service as well."


The application is available for Android and iPhone, and is priced at 3.99 GBP/30 days or 39.99 GBP/year. The application will be available for 1.99 GBP/30 days as an introductory campaign. Further details about the application is available on the web site and Facebook page.


About NAVITIME JAPAN Co., Ltd.

Headquartered in Tokyo, NAVITIME JAPAN has been providing off-board navigation solutions on mobile phones and other connected devices since 2001. The multi-modal path-finding and voice navigation solution "NAVITIME" has won numerous awards, and currently serves approximately 4 million subscribers. NAVITIME JAPAN also develops and licenses route search engines; provides ASP services for route search and map distribution; and operates white label navigation services for mobile operators.


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Email : press@navitime.com  /  TEL: +81-3-3402-0796 (Tokyo, Japan)


Appendix

 

1. About the company

Company name    : NAVITIME JAPAN CO.,LTD.

Address           : 3-8-38 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062 Japan

President             : Keisuke Onishi, Ph.D.

URL                     : http://www.navitime.com

Facebook             : http://www.facebook.com/JourneyPro.JOURNEYPROCONNECTbyNAVITIME

Business              : 1. Development and licensing of route search and map drawing engines

2. Development and licensing of route search data and drawing site chart data formats

3. Development of position information processing system

NAVITIME is a trademark in the U.S. and other countries.

 

 

2. Service lines

 

Number of

lines/operators

Details

London Tube

11

Bakerloo Line, Central Line, Circle Line, District Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Jubilee Line, Metropolitan Line, Northern Line, Piccadilly Line, Victoria Line, Waterloo & City Line

Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

1

N/A

London Overground

1

N/A

National Rail

24

Arriva Trains Wales, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Coast, East Midlands Trains, First Capital Connect, First Great Western, First Hull Trains, First ScotRail, First TransPennine Express, Gatwick Express, Grand Central, Heathrow Connect, Heathrow Express, Island Line Trains, London Midland, Merseyrail, National Express East Anglia, Northern Rail, South West Trains, Southeastern, Southern, Virgin Trains

London Tramlink

1

N/A

London River Services

9

Embankment-Woolwich Arsenal, Hilton Docklands-Canary Wharf, Tate to Tate, Westminster-Greenwich, Putney-Blackfriars, Westminster-St Katherine's, Hampton Court-Richmond, Westminster-Hampton Court, Woolwich Free Ferry

London Bus

680

Arriva Wandsworth, Blue Triangle, Arriva, Arriva London, Abellio London, First, C T Plus, London Central, London General, Transdev, Metrobus, Metroline, Selkent, East London, Quality Line, Docklands Buses

Domestic Flights

19

Aer Arann, Aer Lingus, Air France, Air Southwest, Aurigny Air Services, Bmibaby, British Airways, British International, British Midland (bmi), Eastern Airways, EasyJet, Flybe, Golden Air Flyg, Homer Air, Isles of Scilly Skybus, Jet2.Com, Loganair, Manx2, Skynet Airlines

Birmingham Tram

1

Midland Metro Line One

Glasgow Subway

1

Glasgow Subway


3. Comparison between Journey Pro and JOURNEY PRO CONNECT

 

Journey Pro

JOURNEY PRO CONNECT

Price

Free

3.99 GBP/30 days or 39.99 GBP/year

Live Info

Departure board

N/A

Status

Closure info (complete)

Closure info (if there is closure in the route search result)

Routes

(Journey planning)

Can search routes across:

Tube-train-bus-air-river

Can search across

Tube-train-bus-air-river-foot

Car routes are drawn separately

Sat nav

(voice navigation)

N/A

Car navigation and pedestrian navigation are included

Map

Interactive

Greater London map (tube & train map

UK map (train map)

London River Service map

Map

Route will be drawn over the map*1

SNS

N/A

Facebook

- post locations to Facebook wall

- POIs Facebook Place can directly be used as a destination

Google Calendar

- Can set place as destination ->"Go there on time"

- Can set new events including POIs

Customization

N/A

Add POI, routes, commonly used features and search keywords on app home screen

Size

approximately 8.7 MB

* no SD Card storage

approximately 4.5MB

*no SD Card storage

Widget

Last service

Tube status

N/A

*1 Map provided by NAVTEQ

 


4. JOURNEY PRO CONNECT Smartphone Application Screenshots 


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