Nokia Debuts HERE Auto with Companion Smartphone App
Nokia today introduced HERE Auto, its connected car in-dash navigation software suite. HERE Auto is meant to take car-based navigation to the next level and takes advantage of an internet connection so that the data is always up to date. The software offers voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions in 95 countries with live traffic, re-routing, and fuel prices. The system provides helicopter views when traveling on the highway, but will zoom in to street level when the driver approaches their destination. It also provides information such as parking availability and indoor maps. Beyond the car-based software, Nokia also introduced a companion application for Android and Windows Phone devices that can interact with HERE Auto. The HERE Auto Companion App lets users find their car (via LiveSight), monitor in-car sensors, such as fuel level, as well as remotely lock or unlock the car. HERE Auto is being made available to car makers along with APIs so they can add the software to their vehicles. Nokia didn't say with the companion app would become available.
Man. Nokia here is awesome.