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July 22, 2015

Nokia selling Here maps to German AutoMakers

heremapsWall St Journal (WSJ) reported that a group of German AutoMakers have agreed to buy Nokia HERE Maps. Since Nokia announced that they are looking for buyers, there were various rumours about companies bidding for HERE. Various companies including Apple, Facebook, Samsung and  Uber, were believed to be in the mix to buy Nokia Here. It was even muted that Microsoft could have been looking to buy but,  in the end, German AutoMakers Audi (Volkswagen Group), BMW and Daimler (Tata Motors) have decided to buy Nokia HERE Maps.

This is great news for Microsoft who rely on HERE maps for all its Map applications. If any of the aforementioned companies had bought it seems obvious that it would have ended up a closed platform cutting off access to 3rd parties. German automakers are going to keep the platform open for everybody. They are buying HERE to support their future development of self-driving vehicles.

Nokia has been negotiating exclusively with the three car makers over the sale of the company, whose development of high-definition real-time digital maps is seen as a core technology in the development of self-driving vehicles, and a vast array of future automotive safety systems.

Source: WSJ

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini