As part of the program, Here will combine its industrial data collection methods with a crowd mapping initiative.
Here has a team of more than 1,000 people in India.
Here will work with local experts from more than a dozen universities around the country, such as Mount Carmel College in Bangalore and the SAL Institute of Technology in Ahmedabad.
Using Map Creator, a Here tool that allows people to add missing streets, bridges, points of interests (POIs) and other information to the map, local experts can share insider knowledge of the areas they know like the back of their hand and, in turn, put their communities on the map.
Nokia says Here has built a community map moderation system that allows both its Here team as well as the community to verify edits before integrating them into the base map.
The project in India is part of an ongoing series of pilot programs that Here is using to enhance its community mapping capabilities and tap the knowledge of local experts.
“Sophisticated mapmaking is already a human- and capital-intensive business. Add to this the fact that the world around us is constantly evolving with the addition of new roads, new infrastructure and even new names, and cartographers simply can’t keep up,” said Michael Halbherr, EVP of Here.