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Nokia Reported to Sell Off HERE Maps Division to German Automakers

HERE Maps, Nokia’s own map platform for smartphones and vehicles, may soon be in the hands of German automakers. According to sources, private acquisition meetings between Nokia and a consortium of Germany’s top automakers will lead to the selling of the HERE division. As it is reported, the consortium consists of BMW, Audi, and Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz. 

Reports claim the deal could go through by the end of this month, but of course, the deal could also fall through. It is reported that the deal could be worth a little under $3 billion if Nokia decides to sell the division.

While we in the Android world seem mostly concerned with Google Maps and Android Auto, drivers in Europe and those who import vehicles could see the affects of this potential deal in the coming future.

We will keep you posted on what happens.

Via: Bloomberg
  • TylerCameron

    How do I update my ’92 Mercedes for this? Will there be an OTA?

  • Elizabethwyoung

    10 year old work experience … i-n-d-r-o-i-d-…. Check Out Now </b

  • Snow02

    Effects

  • Rod

    Worst news ever.

    This is my favorite app of all time.

    It’s offline navigation is unmatched. Just came back from a trip, and used nothing but Here to find my way.

  • Bop it_Twis it_Pull it

    “Droid Life”

  • Masri87

    i hope this isn’t bad news for the rest of us who simply use it on our tablets phones…

    Auto makers are not exactly software experts.

  • Droid Ronin

    I hope this doesn’t mean that these automakers won’t be using Android Auto with Google Maps in the future.

    • T_Dizzle

      Right, they are already behind when it comes to interfaces. Back out Mercedes, back out!

      • MacNificent

        Please back out Mercedes. I want Google maps in my new car or truck.. I guess I’ll have to rewire my phone to their little screens

        • MH

          This will likely take the place of the wretched (and I mean wretched) TomTom powered maps. When Merc and BMW were using Navteq, the mapping was infinitely better/more accurate as well as the fact that the ETA calculations (for BMW) were actually on the fly. In newere BMW’s you can actually beat the ETA handily (not the case with older models).

          Android Auto will likely not be affected, and they’ll offer it as an option (well BMW will, along with Apple’s car thing).

  • Suicide_Note

    Looking forward to trying it out in a future Audi.