SAIC Motor Overseas Intelligent Mobility Technology (SOIMT), China's largest carmaker's overseas entity, has chosen HERE for its connected driving services as it pushes ambitious European expansion plans.
SAIC, which owns the brands Roewe, MG, Maxus, Wuling and Hongyan, will use HERE to support its connected driving systems across Thailand, Oceania and Europe.
The partnership means SOIMT will have access to HERE's highly-accurate map content, AI intelligence and real-time data.
The automotive giant will incorporate HERE map content, including automatic over-the-air updates with MapCare, along with HERE Real-Time Traffic, HERE connected vehicle services (which includes off-street parking, HERE EV Charge Points and HERE Fuel Prices) into 700,000 cars over the next five years.
In addition, it will use HERE SDK to develop a “companion app" for drivers, laying the foundation for the company to join the HERE platform and incorporate HERE ADAS services, too.
In the next year, all the new vehicles launched in Europe will be EV cars. They are the future for SAIC's sales in Europe. We know that HERE is the biggest map and navigation solution supplier in the world. We think HERE can provide us with the best solutions both in map data and mobile SDKs.
SAIC Motor's overseas entity is working on a long-term plan to make its present and future vehicles more connected, as it looks to expand its sales beyond China.
Last year the brand sold 5.6million vehicles at home and 390,000 abroad, a 11.3% year-on-year increase.
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