HERE’s navigational-mapping technology to be integrated with Mobileye technology

HERE’s navigational-mapping technology to be integrated with Mobileye technology

On Thursday, Nokia mapping spin-out HERE -- Nokia Oyj’s digital-map division which was acquired by bigwig German automakers BMW, Audi, and Daimler in August 2015 -- said that it has partnered with Israeli company Mobileye NV, the manufacturer of chips and software for self-driving cars.

The partnership between HERE and Mobileye will pave the way for support to self-driving development on mapping service collaboration.

According to the announcement, HERE’s partnership with Jerusalem-based Mobileye will result in the integration the Mobileye Roadbook technology – which makes use of sensors and data analysis for localizing a car’s position on the road in real time – into HERE’s HD Live Map navigational-mapping technology.

In addition, the partnership will also enable Mobileye to use HERE’s Open Location Platform.

On the other hand, as part of the partnership deal with Mobileye, HERE will gain access to raw sensor data from vehicles which are outfitted with Mobileye’s REM technology which is capable of monitoring road conditions in real time.

Highlighting the fact that the partnership between Mobileye and HERE reinforces Mobileye’s “substantial and expanding moat in autonomous driving,” analyst David Leiker – at Robert W. Baird & Co. in Milwaukee – said in a research note: “This validates our view that ‘map companies’ are partners/customers of Mobileye, not competitors.”

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