After they have announced that the Aquiring of Nokia Here maps is finished, Audi, Daimler and BMW made an official statement regarding their future strategy in utilizing the maps.
Here’s location platform is set to deliver high definition maps combined with real-time location information, providing customers with a detailed representation of the real world in real time.
Here currently powers its map with data from more than 80,000 sources and billions of probe points daily, the company is actively engaged in connecting to millions of vehicles and their on-board sensors that generate information about the car’s surroundings. The more data added to the Here platform, the better its maps.
More than 2 million connected vehicles from Audi, BMW Group and Daimler which are capable of collecting advanced high quality location based data already today offer potential to accelerate the development of Here’s location platform. To enable HERE to further enhance its location platform, improve its products and generate new services for all customers, the three companies, together with Here, are evaluating the benefit of providing sensor data from their fleets to Here.
Here already plays a central role in the development of highly automated driving, because no vehicle manufacturer can successfully develop this future area of mobility without high precision, up-to-date maps.
Generating these maps is precisely where Here leads the way. Four out of five new vehicles sold in Europe and North America with in-car navigation have first-rate digital maps from HERE on board. In future, maps will give vehicles the ability to effectively ‘see around corners’, enabling them to anticipate road hazards and prepare and adjust driving strategies accordingly in a way that increases driver trust.