Vuzix concludes deal to incorporate HERE maps in M100 Smart Glasses

Expanding Versatile Mapping and Location Services for the Award Winning Smart Glasses

Vuzix Corporation has announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with HERE, a Nokia company and leader in mapping, navigation and location experiences, to incorporate maps and location platform services from HERE as the primary mapping services in Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses.

On the M100 Smart Glasses, HERE provides a versatile mapping and location services engine, which offers both traditional 2-D and first person heads up display capability. This empowers application developers to create advanced and fully integrated mapping in their M100 offerings. HERE enabled Apps on the M100 may provide a complete stand-alone experience, including the ability to store map data locally on the device and use it offline for navigation, directions and search.

The Vuzix-HERE location offering includes among other features:

  • Ability to overlay application customized data onto HERE base map, providing a high quality customized map user experience.
  • Offline Navigation and map search.
  • Turn-by-turn drive or walk guidance without an internet connection for 118 countries.
  • Detailed maps for download to use offline with your M100 Smart Glasses.
  • Integration with Bluetooth beacons and other short-range location devices in addition to GPS and network localization for high accuracy, high resolution localized mapping.
  • Public transport maps and directions for more than 800 cities in more than 40 countries available without an internet connection and live traffic information for more than 40 countries.

“At HERE we believe that maps are essential for almost any kind of hardware today. Hence we aim to deliver our fresh maps, platform services and location cloud experiences to as many people and businesses across screens and operating systems”, said Leon van de Pas, Senior Vice President and head of the Consumer business at HERE.”

“Through partnering with Vuzix we will for the first time provide our services for smart glasses as they are yet another screen where maps and location-related functionality are enhancing the user experiences for Enterprise customers and consumers alike.”

“Vuzix is committed to providing our customers with the best possible mobile experience and we always look for partners to help expand the capabilities of our smart wearable devices,” said Paul Travers, President Vuzix.

“We are thrilled to partner with HERE and bring innovative, personalized mapping pedestrian navigation services to our M100 Smart Glasses. HERE’s map services provide a critical component that our enterprise users have been clamouring for. Especially with the ability to provide offline mapping.”