Location data and technology platform Here Technologies has announced HERE EV Range Factors aimed at reducing driver range anxiety with improved on-route battery range calculations.
The ‘on-route, distance to empty’ calculations for electric vehicles (EVs) are a complex challenge and are often a major contributor to range anxiety for consumers. There are various static and dynamic factors impacting EV range along a route, and many are not adequately captured and utilized in EV routing engines. Today’s EV predictions mostly use historical data from prior trips and do not consider real-time and predictive impacts that may or may not occur during the driver’s journey.
HERE EV Range Factors helps original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) take the step beyond using only historical data toward predictive data, enhancing the accuracy and reliability of the vehicle’s on-route range predictions. EV Range Factors is designed for automakers building their in-house routing solutions for EVs. By supplementing OEM routing solutions with HERE EV Range Factors, automakers can elevate the accuracy of their EVs’ route-specific range predictions and further alleviate range-related anxiety.
The company has also announced it is extending its collaboration with Lotus to power Emeya, the manufacturer’s fully electric hyper-GT, with its HERE Navigation application.
The Lotus Emeya comes equipped with HERE Navigation’s EV Range Assistant package, including charge point POI search, multi-stop routing, range-on-map, and range-on-route. Additionally, HERE Navigation provides fresh and accurate maps, online and offline search, real-time traffic, and turn-by-turn voice guidance. All of these can be updated over-the-air to ensure that drivers have access to the freshest content and information.
“Following the Lotus Eletre’s utilization of the HERE Navigation application, we are proud to extend our technology collaboration to the new Lotus Emeya”, said Jason Jameson, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at HERE Technologies. “HERE Navigation provides car makers with the flexibility, freshness and feature richness they need to provide their drivers with an advanced, differentiated and comprehensive navigation experience integrated with EV range management.”
Maximilian Szwaj, Vice-President of Lotus Technology and Managing Director Lotus Tech Innovation Centre, commented: “The integration of HERE Navigation into Eletre’s award-winning Lotus Hyper OS infotainment system is a key element of the EV ownership experience for our customers, and so it’s natural that we extend our partnership on Emeya.”