Directions via phone … from an Alameda company

An Alameda company (Dial Directions) is offering the ability to receive free driving directions via text messages. The Chronicle is reporting:

Users call (347) 328-4467 from a cell phone and begin explaining where they want to go, either an address or an intersection. The voice recognition service discerns your intended location and asks where you’re coming from.

The system is smart enough to search for nearby cities, just in case you’re uncertain where you’re headed. And it can understand where you’re going, even if you don’t know whether your intended location is a street, road or boulevard. Before the call is over, Dial Directions will have sent you a text message with simplified directions supplied through MapQuest.

I just checked it out and it works flawlessly :)

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