Vehicle navigation map company HERE announced the cumulative number of vehicles sold worldwide with their maps on board has surpassed 100 million.
The first vehicle to have HERE technology on board was the 1994 BMW 7-Series (E38). Back then, the company was called Navteq and supplied the Bavarian carmaker with a map of Germany for the integrated gps in its flagship model – a truly revolutionary feature.
What was the privilege of high-end premium vehicles in the nineties is now considered normal: today, nearly half of all vehicles sold in Europe and the US are equipped with an integrated satellite navigation unit.
Looking at the future, HERE sees maps and location technology contributing to more independent driving decisions, feeding data directly to the vehicle’s advanced driver assistance systems and bypassing the driver altogether.
Maps will also update themselves continuously through the connected car itself. With a rich array of sensors, modern cars can process and share what they encounter on the road in real time. Having millions of cars sharing information results in rapidly updated maps.
Picture copyright: HERE, 2017 (pictured: Mercedes-Benz EQ concept car)