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Here launches smart mapping service for connected cars

Date: 07 January 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Mapping and location technology giant Here has revealed a cloud-based map system for connected vehicles.

Here claims the new mapping system will enable vehicles to "see around corners", beyond the reach of its sensors, and is designed to improve the effectiveness of the advanced driver assistance systems, such as the adaptive cruise control functions.

Data within the mapping system - known as HD Live Map - flags traffic and accidents, as well as information on roadworks and traffic speeds.

The HD Live Map is also able to self-update, meaning that if, for example, a vehicle notices that a speed limit sign display is different to what is saved in the database, it will overwrite the old speed limit and share the data so other vehicles have the same information.

Similarly, if a car reports new lane closures, the map would update accordingly so that other vehicles approaching the area can prepare to switch lanes or re-route if traffic is heavy.

"As we move towards higher levels of vehicle automation, drivers need to feel that their car is making the right decisions on their behalf," said Floris van de Klashorst, VP automotive at HERE

"When it comes to trusting your car, having consistent real-time awareness of road conditions near and far is absolutely critical. With HD Live Map serving this need, we believe it will become the car industry's most intelligent vehicle sensor," van de Klashorst added.

Here was bought by Audi, BMW and Mercedes last year, so it is likely future media systems for these branded vehicles will include the smart mapping service, however a spokeswoman for Here refused to comment on any manufacturers taking on the service.