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Continental partners with AND mapmaker to improve digital map business

AND is happy to announce a collaboration with Continental, a leading first tier automotive supplier, to enrich map and location data with sensor data collected from vehicles. During the IAA Cars 2017, AND and Continental will present how their Map Fusion and eHorizon Map Service leverage the complementary know-how and assets of each other to improve and enrich AND’s maps in order to add value to automotive and other sectors.

 Hugo van der Linde, CEO AND: “We are very excited to work together with Continental. Continental will bring in the technology inside the car and delivers the processed data via the eHorizon Map API to AND. AND will integrate this data into first class premium maps. AND will deliver the data in real time and incremental to support advanced driving systems. Further, with more than 30 years’ experience in map licensing we also offer parties to monetize their probe and sensor data.”

Following the industry trend of more and more vehicles getting connected, AND and Continental see significant business opportunities in working together, to address the opportunities in the area of digital mapping. Continental brings domain expertise in automotive control systems, cloud services, service operations as well as location-based data analytics. AND brings expertise in digital mapping, including map creation, maintenance and distribution.

Map and location-based use cases are innovation drivers for vehicle related services in the areas of safety, eco-efficiency and comfort as well as automated driving.

The conventional way of creating maps doesn’t fulfill the requirements of these modern functions and systems any more. Hence, AND uses Continental’s eHorizon Map Service and AND’s Map Fusion technology to improve, update and enrich their existing maps. As part of first tests, AND already retrieves crowd-sourced data through the eHorizon Map API and integrates this data into its Map Fusion.

Following current tests, starting 2018 both companies will do further field tests with commercial vehicle fleets with the objective to test Continental’s eHorizon Map Service technology combined with AND’s Map Fusion technology. This shall add value to customers within and outside of the automotive industry. This value-add is generated by having more frequent map updates, as well as by adding further attributes to AND’s core maps.