US: QNX Software Systems, a provider of software platform for in-car electronics, and HERE, a Nokia business, have announced a new technology partnership with the goal of enabling personalized, cloud-based location services for the connected car.
As part of the collaboration, QNX Software Systems plans to add support for HERE Auto, an embedded navigation experience, to the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment. QNX Software Systems will also demonstrate HERE Auto running in a new QNX technology concept car, based on a 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG, at CES.
Connectivity paired with dynamic, personalized services and precise location awareness can transform cars into powerful connected devices that help drivers make sense of the world around them. With its foundation in delivering best-in-class location services in the car, HERE is one of few companies that can deliver high-quality location services to help automakers stay ahead of customer demands and allow them to differentiate their connected car services.
HERE Auto is an embedded in-car navigation application that builds on the HERE automotive-grade-quality map, which includes fresh turn-by-turn data for 95 countries. HERE Auto connects to the HERE Cloud to access connected services, including weather, parking availability, traffic, fuel price and payment services, and more. HERE Auto is scalable and supports a variety of platforms.
QNX Software Systems plans to support HERE Auto on its QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment, extending the reach of HERE to more cars and drivers around the world. QNX Software Systems has created a partner ecosystem to offer the best possible foundation for building vehicle infotainment systems, and adding HERE Auto is further testament to the momentum behind the multi-platform HERE Connected Driving solutions.
Ogi Redzic, Vice President, Connected Driving, HERE, said: “As cars evolve into the ultimate connected device, location will be a key element to delivering a whole new class of driver services. HERE, along with market-leading partners like QNX Software Systems, is ushering in a new era of mobility for the automobile industry.”
Peter McCarthy, Director, Global Partnerships, QNX Software Systems, said: “HERE Auto opens the door to an enhanced driving experience that leverages the cloud to make navigation and location services more personalized and convenient, we look forward to supporting this solution on the QNX CAR Platform and making it accessible to our automotive customers.”