Nokia announces Here Auto and smartphone companion app

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Nokia’s been teasing some kind of auto-related news, and this morning the company finally got around to spilling the beans, revealing its Here Auto in-car navigation system, alongside a companion app for both Windows Phone (of course) and Android.

Considering all the interest Nokia has in mapping, and its other efforts with the Here brand, seeing this development – though a step outside the company’s comfort zone – isn’t entirely surprising. The in-car Here Auto bit will be integrated with cars running the Continental Open Infotainment Platform, and though it’s capable of using a cellular data connection to update its database, the system’s optimized for fully offline use, complete with voice guidance.

The companion app offers features like remote monitoring of vehicle status sensors or setting environmental controls. If you forget where you parked, the app will help you track down your car, and if you’re so careless as to lock your keys in your vehicle, the app even supports remote lock/unlock commands.

Nokia plans to share more about Here Auto at the Frankfort Motor Show in a couple weeks, as well as provide details about which specific car models will be getting Here Auto first.

Source: Nokia

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