OpenStreetMap data used in Scout for iOS nav app

OpenStreetMap data used in commercial GPS app from Telenav called Scout that is available for iOS users now.

Published Tue, May 20 2014 6:36 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:16 PM CST

Foursquare has been working on its own map data that can be used in GPS apps for a while. That map program is called the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project and Foursquare has thought its mapping data was better than the data from Google and others for a while.

OpenStreetMap data used in Scout for iOS nav app |

Despite feeling that OSM would make for better GPS apps, the data from Foursquare had not been used in a commercial GPS app until now. Telenav has used the OSM map data in a new GPS application for iOS users called Scout. The app offers speech and turn-by-turn navigation with the Scout Plus upgrade.

OSM map data will also be used in the Android version of the app when it is complete. The idea with the OpenStreetMap project is that the maps will constantly improve and real-time updates can be applied to make the maps more accurate.


Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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