Nokia is partnering with Mercedes-Benz, on a trial basis, to develop smart maps for connected vehicles and eventually for autonomous vehicles. Nokia's HERE, a cloud-based mapping and location services unit, will provide the mapping feature. In a press release, Nokia disclosed that smart map developed with Mercedes was derived from the requirements of self-driving cars.
The technology was featured at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show. The system measures the exact precision of lane width, road signs and traffic light locations as well as other car network technology. According to Nokia, connectivity will allow vehicles to compute real time information on demand so that a car "can take over more aspects of driving ultimately creating an entirely new class of services."
Oskar Soedergren, a spokesman for Nokia, told Automotive News in an e-mail that to show how Nokia and Mercedes will collaborate, the companies built a 3D digital map of the 62-mile route between Mannheim and Pforzheim in Germany -- the same path take by Bertha Benz in the first Benz Patent-Motorwagen around 125 years ago. Continental AG is one of the new customers implementing 3D content from HERE into its new infotainment platform, according to the press release.