Nokia Launches Offline Car Navigation
Nokia launched a new in-car navigation system today called HERE Auto, which allows users to access navigation maps even when they're not connected to the Internet.
The company said the HERE Auto system, along with a companion app, can take advantage of an Internet connection by allowing users to plan trips from their smartphone, access fuel prices, get turn-by-turn navigation, view street-level images, and find available parking. But Nokia said the navigation system also works "in areas with weak or absent mobile network coverage."
The company said in a press release that: "When an Internet connection is available, HERE Auto shines even more: it keeps maps always fresh, thanks to small but continuous over-the-air updates. Or you can download new maps for those journeys that bring you far away from home."
The companion mobile app allows users to sync routes, favorite places, and commutes from their Android and Windows Phone devices. The app can also help drivers find where they left their car, and tap into a vehicle's sensors to view fuel levels and tire pressure -- and even control the vehicle's air conditioning system. There's no word, yet, on when, or if, an iOS app will be released.
The HERE Auto system is integrated with the Continental infotainment system, and Nokia said it's working with Magneti Marell over the next few months to bring the navigation system to market. The company said it will release more information at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 10th.
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