Self-driving and connected cars powered by HERE

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10th Sep 2013

As the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) opens its doors today, HERE is on-site to demonstrate last week’s Connected Driving announcement in real life.

In particular, we’re happy to show how Magneti Marelli and Continental Corporation are implementing HERE Auto, our connected-driving solution, and how Mercedes-Benz is testing self-driving cars with us.

Autonomous driving

The first Benz Patent-Motorwagen took the route from Mannheim to Pforzheim in Germany 125 years ago. This was the early days of manual driving  – long before the age of digital maps and autonomous vehicles.

Now, 125 years later, HERE has teamed up with Mercedes-Benz to jointly develop smart 3D maps for connected cars and ultimately, self-driving cars for the very same route.

The requirements put on maps by autonomous driving go beyond what has been available until now. The very exact precision of lane width, road sign locations and other road network attributes are all crucial components needed to provide routing for autonomous vehicles. This is an area Mercedes-Benz and HERE will continue to explore together, as automakers and HERE spearhead the innovation for future commercial autonomous vehicles.

Connected driving

HERE Auto is a unique end-to-end solution that doesn’t only connect drivers and automakers to the cloud, it is also engineered to help automakers speed up implementation of connected services and to facilitate innovation by letting them customize the functionality through the SDK.  The modular system allows for personalized features for different drivers and car models – all of which are important components for the Connected Car.


With our long-lasting relationships with auto industry partners, we’ve a developed a deep understanding of what automotive grade means – both in terms of quality of our maps and location services, and our usability, safety and data analytics capabilities.

That’s why two of the world’s leading automotive system integrators, Continental Corporation and Magneti Marelli, are building on the HERE Connected Driving framework to offer connected products and services that go beyond navigation.

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