NYT: Uber bids $three billion for Nokia’s maps
Uber needs to purchase one other mapping know-how: Nokia’s Right here, and it is bid $three billion for it based on The New York Occasions. Who else needs in on the motion? Apparently a handful of German automotive producers together with Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz, and Chinese language search engine Baidu’s lending some money to the transfer as properly. Whereas Google Maps might be the preferred service right here within the States, that is not precisely the case overseas. NYT says that globally the Finnish electronics firm’s navigation system instructions an eighty % market share for in-automotive GPS.
From the sounds of it, the rationale Uber’s even is that Right here might help Uber Pool’s automotive-pooling to hyperlink passengers with drivers. The trio from Deutschland’s intentions are slightly clearer: the thought is to assist within the improvement and steerage of autonomous automobiles as a result of leaning closely on Google is not notably engaging given Mountain View’s personal self-driving automotive efforts. That, and if these three personal Right here they will cost licensing charges ought to they select to let different corporations use it.
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