First off, the new version of Scout introduces a new chat section. Here you can send messages to your friends right within the app in lieu of, say, Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. As it’s essentially a navigation app, Scout primarily offers its messaging function for communicating with friends about travel and meetup plans.
And if you and your pals have agreed to meet up, there’s Scout’s new Meet Up section for that. There you can view the specifics of your rendezvous, including the host, the venue, the date and time, and relevant remarks.
The new version of Scout also lets you get to your meet up point together as it presents a real-time view of your friends’ driving routes and arrival times.
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As noted by the Scout team:
“I’m just five minutes away!” Heard that before? Whether it’s that friend who’s always late, who’s always lost, or who needs to lighten up with the “where are you??” texts, we all have that friend. Now there’s a cure for the common meetup quirk: Scout. It’s the only app that let’s you chat, make plans, and meet up in real life all in one super easy experience—including getting there with turn-by-turn GPS directions and everyone’s real-time ETA on the navigation map.
The latest update to Scout also features predictive traffic reports delivered via push notifications.
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