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HERE’s talking traffic could stop you getting rear-ended

HERE’s talking traffic could stop you getting rear-ended

Stomping on your brakes in panic at the sight of a sudden sea of brake lights ahead could be a thing of the past, if HERE has its way. The company, recently acquired by a consortium including Daimler, BMW, and Audi, has been working on real-time traffic pattern spotting, in the hope of identifying unexpected slow-downs or traffic jams so as to warn drivers to ease off the speed before it's too late.

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German car consortium ready to pay for Nokia’s HERE maps [UPDATE]

German car consortium ready to pay for Nokia’s HERE maps [UPDATE]

If this latest bit is true, Nokia might soon finally be able to unburden itself of yet another business tangential to its new found focus in networking technology. As earlier reported, a consortium of German automobile makers, namely Daimler, BMW, and Audi, are looking into purchasing Nokia's HERE maps business. Now it seems that the ball has started rolling, as the companies are said to have agreed to dole out 2.9 billion EUR, roughly $3.2 billion, to buy out what is probably the third, or even second, most popular map and navigation product in the market.

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Nokia HERE sale tipped: Audi, Daimler and BMW to seal deal soon

Nokia HERE sale tipped: Audi, Daimler and BMW to seal deal soon

Nokia has spent several years focusing on its HERE maps and the related technology, and for a small period of that time it has been working to offload the business onto someone else. Uber reportedly had a bid in for HERE at one point, as did Google. The latter of those two companies, according to sources that cropped up in May, spurred a trio of German auto makers to band together in a joint effort to block Google. Enter the latest round of sources and the info they bring: it looks like those auto makers may prove successful in their effort.

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Uber reportedly dropped its $3bn Nokia HERE bid

Uber reportedly dropped its $3bn Nokia HERE bid

Uber is no longer courting Nokia HERE, having reportedly dropped out of bidding for the mapping company after having an offer as much as $3bn rebuffed. The taxi-disruptor was tipped to be wooing HERE back in May, and said to be keen to add its high-resolution maps to its platform not to mention pave the way for self-driving cars. However, new reports suggest Uber has fallen by the wayside, leaving a consortium of tough-dealing German automakers in pole position.

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Nokia HERE for Android public beta launched

Nokia HERE for Android public beta launched

Nokia has announced its HERE for Android public beta, allowing Android users (most of them, anyway) to join its public beta group for access to the mapping app’s newest features. As with other public betas, this new arrival is to help the company gather feedback and performance data from across many Android devices and users, and to subsequently iron out any problems before releasing the update to the public in general. There are some requirements to get onboard with it, though.

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HERE’s common sensor language could steer self-driving cars

HERE’s common sensor language could steer self-driving cars

Nokia HERE is hoping to get connected cars speaking a common language, relying on collaborative mapping to help self-driving cars figure out a route. The Car-to-Cloud interface specification has been released under a creative commons license, so that car manufacturers could adopt it without having to cough up fees in the process; each "message" sent by a car would consist of anonymized data, allowing road conditions and unexpected route issues to be shared without intruding on driver privacy.

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HERE thinks 3D ghost trains could reassure city folk

HERE thinks 3D ghost trains could reassure city folk

HERE may be busy fettling its smartphone software as well as courting potential buyers, but it still has time to cook up concepts for future transit apps. Nokia's mapping and navigation team already pipes public transportation for almost 1,000 cities into its current iPhone and Android apps, but is looking at new 3D visualization interfaces that could replace static maps and make it easier to understand where the next bus or train is.

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HERE boosts offline maps and public transit

HERE boosts offline maps and public transit

Offline navigation may be coming to Google Maps but Nokia's HERE app has long supported it, and is today revamping its offline maps with even more data. One of the biggest improvements is to HERE's mapping of Africa, with navigation and offline support added to seven countries including Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, not to mention far more road detail. Meanwhile, public transit line accuracy has also been tweaked to making it more illustrative of how you'll actually travel.

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Virginia opens roads to self-driving cars

Virginia opens roads to self-driving cars

Self-driving cars have some new public roads to play on, with Virginia opening up over 70 miles for autonomous vehicles to test their real-world skills. Dubbed the Virginia Automated Corridors, the combination of highways, arterial roads, and urban streets together represent a microcosm of the sort of conditions self-driving cars will face once the inevitable broad-scale deployment takes place, tapping into HD maps from HERE and vehicle-to-vehicle communication tech.

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HERE’s why everyone wants Nokia’s maps business

HERE’s why everyone wants Nokia’s maps business

The war over knowing exactly where we are is going to be expensive. Interest in Nokia's HERE division from big German car makers, Uber, and others is tipped to have driven the potential purchase price to $3bn or even higher, as old automotive faces off against new tech darlings. Turns out, the value of accurate maps is about more than just knowing which junction to take to get to the Ikea parking lot.

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Uber tipped in bid on HERE mapping service

Uber tipped in bid on HERE mapping service

Uber is best known for matching drivers with riders, but that's not the sum total of its ambitions. The company has been pushing other services that involve transportation, including its UberEATS service, which gets meals to people in select cities. Google Maps is one of the tools it uses to make that happen, but a new business move by the ridesharing service shows that such a reality could be changing. Uber has joined the battle for Nokia's HERE mapping service, placing its own bid for the company.

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Google threat may drive Mercedes, BMW and Audi to buy HERE

Google threat may drive Mercedes, BMW and Audi to buy HERE

Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi have forged a rare partnership and are joining forces to acquire Nokia's HERE mapping business, insiders suggest, hoping to cut reliance on Google. Rumors that HERE - which includes 3D mapping of road data, along with high-resolution scanning suitable for the next generation of self-driving cars - was up for sale broke in April, with potential suitors tipped to include both Amazon and Alibaba. Now, there are some big names in automotive said to be weighing in with a bid.

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