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HERE Auto brings Nokia’s connected car vision to life

HERE Auto brings Nokia’s connected car vision to life

Nokia has announced a new embedded in-dash navigation system for automobiles called HERE Auto. Along with the in-dash navigation system itself, Nokia has also trotted out the HERE Auto Companion app billing them both as the latest additions to its world-class location products and services. Nokia believes that a connected car requires more than simply putting a smartphone inside of vehicle.

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Nokia HERE Research: We talk Smart Cities, ethical tracking & self-driving cars

Nokia HERE Research: We talk Smart Cities, ethical tracking & self-driving cars

If you're carrying a smartphone or driving a modern car, you're a potential probe, and Nokia would love to unlock your location for its HERE Maps services. The company already has its own gathering programs in place yet, for all its gigabytes of daily data, Nokia's HERE 3D mapping car is only one part of a navigation data analysis program that combines 80,000 sources from across the globe. We sat down with Jane MacFarlane, head of HERE Research at Nokia, and along with her team responsible for making sense of the masses of data, to find out why being a probe might one day help you avoid traffic jams, travel more safely, and even discover the hottest new restaurants, all thanks to the "wisdom of crowds".

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Nokia HERE 3D v2: We ride the 68MP rig putting Google Maps on notice

Nokia HERE 3D v2: We ride the 68MP rig putting Google Maps on notice

Nokia may have come late to the game with Streetview-style 3D photography in its HERE Maps service, but the company is aiming to overtake Google with its second generation of mapping cars. Built using newly developed camera, LIDAR, and processing technology from 3D specialist Earthmine, which Nokia acquired last November, the updated system promises higher-resolution panoramic imagery than Google, as well as more accurate 3D buildings and sign recognition. SlashGear went out on the road in one of the prototype cars with Earthmine founder John Ristevski, to find out why Nokia's 68-megapixel mobile mapping system should be giving the Google Maps team sleepless nights.

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Nokia HERE Drive+ hits rivals’ Windows Phone 8 handsets

Nokia HERE Drive+ hits rivals’ Windows Phone 8 handsets

Nokia will offer its HERE Drive+ and HERE Transit navigation apps to Windows Phone users who didn't opt for a Lumia, though they'll have to pay if they want turn-by-turn directions. The news sees HERE Drive arrive in the Windows Phone Store for the US, UK, Canada, and several other markets as a free download, though global navigation is an in-app purchase for €15.49 ($19.90) or the local equivalent.

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Nokia HERE Maps calls out Google on Venue Maps

Nokia HERE Maps calls out Google on Venue Maps

Nokia is calling out Google Maps over indoor mapping, claiming that its HERE Venue Maps cover more areas and with more accuracy than any rival can muster. The software - which is available on Nokia Windows Phones and in Bing - integrates floor plans for inside stadiums, theme parks, golf clubs, and shopping malls with regular mapping data, so that the directions needn't stop when you get inside. However, it also physically visits the venues, something Nokia says differentiates it from Google Maps.

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Nokia HERE Maps for iOS released

Nokia HERE Maps for iOS released

Nokia's HERE Maps has arrived in the iOS App Store, a free download intended to take on Apple's own much-maligned Maps app, though it's not quite as slick as many were hoping. The new app - which uses mapping data from Nokia-owned NAVTEQ, and supports Here.net personalized points-of-interest Collections - was announced earlier this month, though some rough edges are evident by virtue of it being an HTML5 app rather than native iOS software.

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