Here Technologies offers mapping and location data product suite to assist with new NCAP targets

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Here Technologies, a developer of a location data and technology platform, has announced a tailored set of location-based products to help manufacturers meet Euro NCAP standards. The European and Australian NCAP organizations have recently updated their protocols to include additional requirements for speed assistance systems to help avoid crashes.

The current star ratings consider how vehicles adapt to speed limits including conditional ones such as weather, time, distance, school zones and implicit speed limits. Beginning in 2023, they will also assess whether speed assistance systems inform drivers about the features of every road, for example, curves, roundabouts, junctions, traffic lights and stop signs and a range of hazardous situations including traffic jams, construction sites, accidents ahead, stopped vehicle on hard shoulder and objects on the road while providing them with sufficient lead time to adapt their speed accordingly. To achieve top scores from 2023 onward, vehicles with speed assistance systems will have to operate with data beyond the line of sight and have access to regular map and software updates.

To meet this demand, Here is offering auto makers a set of location-based products to achieve higher NCAP scores, including its Navigation Map, ISA (Intelligent Speed Assistance) Map, ADAS Map and dynamic services. These provide conditional speed limit information, detailed information on road features and hazard warnings. Here notes that the products can be fitted on vehicles with or without navigation, including entry-level vehicles. They enable incremental over-the-air updates as well as map caching and have been designed with a strong emphasis on minimal hardware requirements and data transfer costs.

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he oversees Automotive Powertrain Technology and Professional Motorsport World magazines as editor.

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