Everyone understands and appreciates good maps. Maps provide a critical context because they are both analytical and artistic. They carry a universal appeal and offer a clarity and shape to the world. We have seen a surge in digital mapping and understand how much they impact a business’ Local SEO reach and in some cases their entire business model. Most recently, the automotive and transit industries have taken a big interest in mapping system directories and for good reason.
The role of digital maps within the in-car environment is expanding beyond standard navigation systems. These systems are now being used to support Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Autonomous Driving and other advanced driving functions. Therefore, the highest level of accuracy and timeliness are needed to ensure safety.
Today, the map update process is semi-manual and cumbersome with map data being collected manually. It takes over 3 months for the current digital mapping technology to achieve a single map update. This is not timely or accurate enough to support today’s advanced vehicle functions.
Presently, a variety of media and several update mechanisms are available for in-car systems or mobile clients. In order to provide a harmonized format for different systems, the new HARMAN Map-as-a-Service (MaaS) solution accommodates Navigation Data Standard (NDS) map data.