|Acquired by||Sakhr Software|
San Francisco based Dial Directions, is a voice-activated service that provides driving directions to all cell phone users. It’s currently in beta and available nationwide in the 48 continental US states.
The company was started by “a team of industry experts in voice user interfaces, speech recognition and navigation” with the idea of making “location-based services (directions and more) easy, free, and available to all cell phone users.” They say they’ll eventually offer more location-based services.
While there are a number of other ways for cell phone users to get directions, most of them require a data plan or some kind of download. Dial Directions is easy and free.
|Launch Date||July 16, 2007|
|Tags||driving, directions, texting, mobile|
To use the free service all you have to do is dial DIR-ECT-IONS (that’s 347-328-4667) on your cell phone and answer a few questions about where you are and where you want to go. Users can give a specific destination address or intersection or just ask for the closest location of any chain store. Within seconds, Dial Directions sends you a text message with directions.
Dial Directions says they’ve “innovated several techniques to shorten turn-by-turn directions into text messages, yet maintain a level of detail and simplicity so the directions are easy to read and understand.”
Overall the service is very intriguing. It will be interesting to see what cities they cover next and what future services they will offer.