HERE opens API for Connected Car Apps with Samusng Connect Auto

samsung_connect_autoHERE is opening up its API to Samsung’s new connected car ecosystem and Samsung Connect Auto device.

HERE’s REST APIs for maps, geocoder, and traffic, will be  available to third-party developers using the Samsung connected car ecosystem.

Developers can create location-enabled applications and services that pair with a range of connected devices from Samsung, such as the new Samsung Connect Auto.

Samsung Connect Auto plugs in to the OBDII port and provides connected car and enables intelligent features such as driver safety alerts, fuel efficiency monitoring and field workforce and fleet management for enterprise customers.

The Samsung Connect Auto device and services were announced at Mobile World Congress. It uses real-time alerts to help users improve their driving, including better gas mileage, while offering Wi-Fi hotspots.

Samsung has also selected REST APIs from HERE to power its own first party apps and experiences for Android devices starting with “Find My Mobile.”

Find My Mobile is a built-in security system available across all Android-operated Samsung devices. If a phone is lost or stolen, customers can use Find My Mobile to track its location online, make it ring to help find it and even remotely lock the device or wipe sensitive data.

HERE also provides the end-to-end location platform and SDK for Samsung’s Tizen OS, designed the native map experience for the Z3 device and powers the turn-by-turn navigation app on the Samsung Gear S and Gear S2.