HALF MOON BAY, CA --- At the Canalys Navigation Forum last week, software provider deCarta announced the commercial availability of its real-time, two-way connected navigation (CNAV) service for personal navigation devices (PNDs) and smart phones.

Unveiled in March, the service is offered to PND suppliers, carriers, handset manufacturers, consumer brands, automotive OEMs and in-vehicle service providers. The company's first major customer will be deploying personal navigation devices using deCarta's CNAV technology in late October.   

The deCarta CNAV service includes customizable navigation software for the PND, hosted servers that manage delivery of traffic solutions and other relevant content, and the wireless connectivity to connect these two.

Capabilities include:

-- Real-time and predictive traffic-aware routing

-- Corridor search

-- Cheapest gas nearby and fast Internet search

-- Destination downloads/data sent to device from user's home PC

-- Weather

deCarta said its CNAV service provides all the necessary components to deliver a full-featured, customizable connected navigation application.