Nokia introduces HERE Auto, connecting cars to the cloud

In recent years, auto makers have been incorporating more technology than ever before, with features like media playback and satellite navigation joined together through something akin to Ford Sync.

Nokia is now joining the fold with HERE Auto, an embedded system available from the dashboard. Essentially, Nokia's vision is to create an Internet-ready car by doing more than connecting your smartphone. Such a gargantuan task could not be handled by one company, so it won't be.

Nokia refers to the 'RESTful API', and its ability to create 'in-car experiences'. Putting it simply, that means extensions to the base HERE Auto system are possible in much the same way as add-ons can be made for certain computer programs. It also provides prime branding opportunity for manufacturers.

The obvious downside comes when you're disconnected from the Internet, though Nokia claims this not to be the case. While disconnected cars will lose out on live updates of traffic maps, other functions (e.g. street-level images) may not suffer in the same way.

Syncing also makes it possible to log routes as favourites; this could help prioritise their use, or it could be a convenient way to catalog roads that are simply enjoyable driving experiences.

Wartburgstrasse is a Berlin street, and a possible nod to the old Wartburg car (which will not support HERE).

At present, HERE Auto isn't open to the public, though it will be demonstrated at Frankfurt Motor Show on September 10. A mobile app for Android and Windows Phone is planned for the future, though no iOS information is forthcoming, from Nokia or the HERE website.

Source: Nokia Conversations

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TsarNikky said,
Still another distraction for drivers.

The more automated a solution is, especially with voice control, the less distracted a driver will be.

I also find it strange that people think that 'technology' on the dash of a car is somewhat new and untested in the distraction level it creates for drivers.

http://hstrial-skolecki2.homes.../1986_Corvette_Interior.jpg

This was the dash of one of the fastest sports cars in the world at the time, and it looked like a cockpit and helped the driver keep their eye on the road as things were clear and quick to read.
(Knight Rider's dash was taken from the prototype designs of the Corvette.)

Scott Campbell said,
Yes, General Motors and Chrysler build some of the most untrustworthy cars because of their financial history.

Exactly. The untrustworthy cars came first... LOL

no thanks. i wouldn't trust a company who couldn't even stay on their business tracks. much less taking their connected cars to the cloud.

So basically you don't trust any company with a bad streak; which means you don't trust 99.9% of companies out there.

c.grz said,
So basically you don't trust any company with a bad streak; which means you don't trust 99.9% of companies out there.

now that's funny. some people actually feel they must have this preconceived notion that they have to trust the companies they are buying stuffs from. lol.

Trust and competence at making products has little to do with being a profitable business. Just because something sells well doesn't make it the best item to buy.

lt8480 said,
Trust and competence at making products has little to do with being a profitable business. Just because something sells well doesn't make it the best item to buy.

Common sense this...

Albert said,

now that's funny. some people actually feel they must have this preconceived notion that they have to trust the companies they are buying stuffs from. lol.

I'm not debating that but your statement is so general that it can be applied to most businesses. Don't make general broad sweeping statements if you don't want people to perceive them that way.

c.grz said,

I'm not debating that but your statement is so general that it can be applied to most businesses. Don't make general broad sweeping statements if you don't want people to perceive them that way.

well let's see. this article is about nokia. my statement says "a company". it's singular. not plural. how is that "so general"?

don't look at me as a way to get down from your high horse. you climbed it. you get down yourself.

Albert said,

well let's see. this article is about nokia. my statement says "a company". it's singular. not plural. how is that "so general"?

don't look at me as a way to get down from your high horse. you climbed it. you get down yourself.

High horse? Not really, just voicing my opinion based on your statement. Is that not allowed?