Menu
Nokia to rely on you for next-generation maps

Nokia to rely on you for next-generation maps

The company hopes users will add missing streets, bridges and points of interest

Nokia hopes its Here maps will be become more accurate thanks to crowdsourced information, and is testing the concept in India.

The company will work directly with people from more than a dozen universities around India, including Mount Carmel College in Bangalore and the SAL Institute of Technology in Ahmedabad, the company said on Thursday.

The aim is to let local experts share their knowledge. Using a tool called Map Creator, they can add missing streets, bridges, points of interests and other information.

To maintain accuracy, the team at Here, Nokia's location and mapping unit and the brand name used on related services and apps, has built a "community map moderation system" that allows the company and the community to verify edits before integrating them into the base map. Once integrated, changes will become available across maps in cars, personal navigation devices, smartphones as well as in Web and enterprise clients.

The project in India is part of a series of pilot programs that Nokia is using to enhance its community mapping capabilities. The company didn't reveal when the capability would be rolled out on a wider scale.

Nokia is far from the only vendor that wants to crowdsource mapping data. Google organized a mapping contest in India earlier this year. In August, Google updated Maps with reports on accidents, construction, road closures via users of Waze, the community-based navigation company, which it acquired in June.

On Wednesday, Nokia also said the company will start updating offline maps incrementally. When users update maps, they will download only those roads and other features that have been added or changed.

On average, this means 85 percent to 90 percent less data will have to be downloaded and therefore users get a much faster update process, according to Nokia. The feature is being rolled out on all of Nokia's Windows Phone 8 smartphones with the latest firmware, it said.

Nokia is in the process of selling its Devices & Services business to Microsoft, but will keep Here and Nokia Solutions and Networks, its network infrastructure and services business unit.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobileNokiamobile applications

Featured

Slideshows

EDGE 2018: Kiwis kick back with Super Rugby before NZ session

EDGE 2018: Kiwis kick back with Super Rugby before NZ session

New Zealanders kick-started EDGE 2018 with a bout of Super Rugby before a dedicated New Zealand session, in front of more than 50 partners, vendors and distributors on Hamilton Island.​

EDGE 2018: Kiwis kick back with Super Rugby before NZ session
EDGE 2018: Kiwis assess key customer priorities through NZ research

EDGE 2018: Kiwis assess key customer priorities through NZ research

EDGE 2018 kicked off with a dedicated New Zealand track, highlighting the key customer priorities across the local market, in association with Dell EMC. Delivered through EDGE Research - leveraging Kiwi data through Tech Research Asia - more than 50 partners, vendors and distributors combined during an interactive session to assess the changing spending patterns of the end-user and the subsequent impact to the channel.

EDGE 2018: Kiwis assess key customer priorities through NZ research
Show Comments