If Koslowski is correct, Nokia's entry into the business could be a boon for the company as its smartphone business struggles. Of course, BlackBerry's QNX platform held out a similar hope for the long-suffering handset maker and we can all see how that one is turning out.
Nevertheless, Nokia is already a popular mapping choice thanks to its Navteq subsidiary, so in-dash systems are a logical extension of that work. The question is whether HCD can or would be adopted by major American car manufacturers such as Ford and GM.
During CES in January, both auto makers unveiled third-party software developer programs for their separate in-dash systems. Combined, the pair own around 33 percent of the domestic market, according to data from The Wall Street Journal.
Nevertheless, there's still a lot of room in the global car market, and the ability to sync data across devices and the car could make Here a desirable choice for car makers as Nokia branches out into infotainment.
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