The connected car is very real and, as we learned in a recent interview with AT&T, we’re just a few years away from having smart cars with predictive intelligence. On Friday, Nokia announced its plans for the market with its suite of solutions called HERE Connected Driving. That includes HERE Auto, HERE Auto Cloud and HERE Auto Companion in addition to improvements to HERE Traffic.
HERE Auto is an embedded solution, which means it could come pre-loaded in your car. You won’t need access to a cellular network because, like some embedded systems today, everything is already stored in your car’s dashboard. It includes turn-by-turn directions in 95 countries and street view support. Nokia’s also releasing a software development kit so developers can add their own apps – it hopes to see social networking and music included from third party sources, which means we could see Pandora or Spotify pop up, for example. HERE Auto should roll out in the coming months, Nokia said.
HERE Auto Cloud is a connected solution, which means you’ll need some sort of cellular service. It will offer real-time traffic updates and provide access to points-of-interest, such as gas stations or restaurants. Used with HERE Auto Companion, which will exist as a mobile app, drivers can pre-plan trips, keep track of their car and make sure that their vehicle is in working order – it will provide feedback on how much gas is left in the tank and information on tire pressure, washer fluid levels, trip length and more, Nokia said.
HERE Traffic already exists in some form, but it’s also part of Nokia’s suite. The company said it added a new faster engine called “Halo” for more accurate data collection and will provide better routing based on traffic and road conditions.