On-the-Go Information through Magellan’s Cloud-based Smart Ecosystem
The Magellan SmartGPS communicates with Magellan’s custom-built Smart Ecosystem, a cloud platform for an extensive database of constantly-updating, location-relevant social media and navigation content that is automatically pushed to th eSmartGPS display to create a uniquely-rich driving experience. Complementing all the core navigation features and on-board maps expected in a premium GPS device, the Magellan SmartGPS provides drivers with valuable, timely information that enables them to discover the places and services around them wherever they go and whenever they need information.
For the first time on a single GPS device screen, Magellan SmartGPS consumers can simultaneously see maps, navigate, and see reviews, tips and offers from Yelp and Foursquare for nearby restaurants, stores and services, plus navigate to those locations without needing to use an additional device or application. As a vehicle progresses on its route, the SmartGPS accesses the cloud-based Smart Ecosystem to deliver a rich variety of location-relevant information “squares” that are displayed on the SmartGPS screen and graphically flip between service establishments in the vicinity. When the user taps on a square, detailed profile information is displayed including the address, phone and any available special offers or consumer reviews, plus an icon to navigate to their selected destination. In addition, the SmartGPS delivers current gas prices in the vicinity, weather, traffic events and speed camera warnings.
For first-time use, consumers set up an account in Magellan’s Content Manager and connect their SmartGPS device to a computer with a micro USB cable. The SmartGPS intelligently manages and updates location-relevant social media and navigation content through an onboard WiFi connection. Whenever the Magellan SmartGPS is in Wi-Fi range, the device will automatically sync and start pre-loading data onto the SmartGPS device. The Magellan SmartGPS Wi-Fi connection makes it easy for users to easily plan trips and routes, and save and sync the information to their other Smart Ecosystem connected devices.
When the Magellan SmartGPS is not in Wi-Fi range, a smartphone Bluetooth connection can be used to update the SmartGPS information squares with the freshest, dynamic content using an already-established data plan. A Bluetooth connection will automatically connect the SmartGPS to the user’s smartphone each time they are in their vehicle, providing ‘always-on’ connectivity for the user’s in-car navigation experience. Users can quickly, safely and easily place a hands-free call directly from their SmartGPS when the device is paired with a compatible phone with a Bluetooth connection.