Taking place October 4-19, Mondial de l’Automobile (aka. The Paris Motor Show, less glamorously) is one of the highlights of the motoring calendar, where most of the leading manufacturers unveil their newest models for the following year, as well as concept cars to capture the imagination. More than a million visitors are expected to attend this year.
And HERE is very much in evidence across the various stands. Of the estimated 62* new vehicles that will be shown in Paris, more than 50 of them - from 25 marques - are powered by HERE.
We’re the dominant location supplier in the automotive industry, with our technology sitting behind more than 50 million cars around the world. In the first half of 2014 alone, more than six million cars globally shipped with HERE on board, including models from BMW, Daimler, FIAT-Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, Volkswagen and Volvo.
50 million is a lot of cars. If we lined them all up, they'd stretch the earth’s circumference four times.
The importance of maps in the age of connected and autonomous car
With offerings that range from map content to connected location services to companion apps for your iOS, Android and Windows Phone smartphones, HERE is working with its automotive partners to drive this innovation across the industry.
So, of course, those in-car displays will show you maps to your destination. But, as you’ll have read over the course of this week, at Mondial we’re also demonstrating how we can predict traffic to help you avoid it, why we’re equipping autonomous cars with maps with an incredible level of detail and precision, and there have been a number of enhancements to HERE Auto too.
Bruno Bourguet, Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development, told us that HERE has become a necessary component of high-end cars today:
"As cars get increasingly connected, car makers not only leverage the world’s most precise map data that we collect, but also our location cloud, providing always fresh and seamless navigation experiences inside and outside of the car."
To learn more about how HERE is helping car makers and the other stories we’ve covered this week, please visit us at the Paris Motor Show at Pavilion 3, Booth 240.
*HERE is present in more than 50 cars - from around 25 marques - of the estimated 62 new commercially-available and concept cars being showcased in Paris. The estimated total excludes models without in-dash navigation.