HERE Technologies, a leading location data and technology platform, today announced plans to form a new R&D lab in Kraków, Poland. The company plans to hire up to 300 software engineers at the site over the next two years, with a target to have 50 in place by the end of 2022.
“We have chosen to invest in Kraków because of its great engineering talent that we need to grow and accelerate,” said Giovanni Lanfranchi, Chief Product & Technology Officer at HERE Technologies. “The city is especially blessed with talent in disciplines such as computer vision, artificial intelligence and machine learning – all of which are critical as we grow our platform.”
From its origins designing digital maps of the Bay Area of California in 1985, HERE Technologies is a global industry leader in digital mapping. Today, more than 1,300 enterprise customers source map data and location technology from HERE, including the world’s largest logistics companies, automotive brands like BMW, Volkswagen and Ford, and technology companies like Amazon Web Services and Verizon. The company’s platform is used to guide automated vehicles, track goods in real time, and support last mile logistics. Today, with its headquarters in the Netherlands, HERE employs approximately 7,000 people.
HERE plans to develop its Kraków lab into a new R&D hub alongside its core R&D sites in Chicago, Berlin and Mumbai. The core sites are complimented by a network of specialized HERE R&D labs around the world.
The assembled Kraków team will work on the company’s strategic engineering initiatives. Chief among them is the development of a new, highly automated mapping system that transforms how the company creates and updates digital maps. The new mapping system and technology will be key to serving emerging ‘spatial intelligence’ use cases, such as digital twins, autonomous systems and predictive location services.
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About HERE Technologies
HERE, a location data and technology platform, moves people, businesses and cities forward by harnessing the power of location. By leveraging our open platform, we empower our customers to achieve better outcomes - from helping a city manage its infrastructure or a business optimize its assets to guiding drivers to their destination safely. To learn more about HERE, please visit here.com and 360.here.com.