HERE, a Nokia company, announced on Tuesday that it is expanding its real-time traffic service to 50 countries, from the current 44.
Thus, as of next month, HERE expands its European coverage by adding Bulgaria and Romania, a press release informs. To these are added Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar to a growing footprint of live traffic data in the Middle East, giving it the most comprehensive traffic coverage in the Gulf region today.
“The expansion of HERE’s traffic coverage to 50 countries confirms its position as one of the key global players in the traffic market,” said Stephen Longden, the author of automotive consultancy SBD’s annual Traffic Guide. “In addition to traffic, HERE is leading the way in the rise of additional non-traffic information that impacts on in-car navigation,” added Longden and continued: “Data on factors like parking availability, fuel prices, EV charging points and the weather are being offered by HERE for use by in-car navigation and infotainment systems.”
In addition to the broader HERE Real Time Traffic coverage, HERE continues to add innovative features to enhance the product, including reversible express lane coverage and traffic safety warnings.
HERE Real Time Traffic is the only traffic service on the market today that updates the direction of traffic flow on metropolitan reversible express lanes, allowing drivers to make more intelligent routing choices.
Traffic safety warnings prompt drivers to slow down in anticipation of a quickly building traffic jam ahead, often before it becomes visible.
HERE Real Time Traffic provides up-to-the-minute information about current traffic conditions and incidents that could cause delays, including slower than normal traffic flow, road works and accidents. It then helps drivers make the best decision about the rest of the journey by improving the accuracy of arrival times.
To ensure the information is available 24 hours a day, real-time data are collected and updated every 60 seconds from a broad range of sources, including billions of speed probes taken from cars and mobile devices every day. HERE offers 100 percent coverage of roads with pinpoint accuracy down to 10-metres when traffic data are combined with HERE’s industry-leading map.