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HERE WeGo maps app aims for “effortless city navigation”

HERE WeGo maps app aims for “effortless city navigation”

This week the folks at HERE Maps have changed the name of their most prominent app, HERE Maps, into HERE WeGo. This new app is centered on "working out the best way to get to where [people] want to go." This is for people who want to navigate their own city as much as it is for people that are visiting a city they've never been to before. With HERE WeGo, users are invited to type in their destination and are very quickly delivered a variety of routes and means of travel.

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Will car-sharing and self-driving cars kill congestion? It’s not so simple

Will car-sharing and self-driving cars kill congestion? It’s not so simple

Car sharing and autonomous vehicles are widely expected to cut road congestion, but the future for drivers may not be so clear cut, according to two new studies released this week. The impact of alternatives to individual car ownership is still fairly uncertain, particularly as the long-term market viability of self-driving vehicles remains mired in legal, ethical, and technological questions, with the potential for traffic jams to initially get worse, not better.

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HERE makes bold play to define common language for self-driving cars

HERE makes bold play to define common language for self-driving cars

Mapping company HERE is driving ahead with its scheme to design the common language for all autonomous vehicles, submitting its Esperanto-for-autos to a vehicle safety standards body. Now dubbed SENSORIS, the car-to-cloud system was announced twelve months ago as an open specification for vehicle sensor data to be collected and transmitted to the cloud by connected vehicles.

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Tesla’s going to leapfrog rivals with Model 3 Autopilot

Tesla’s going to leapfrog rivals with Model 3 Autopilot

Tesla's Model 3 could take pole position in a new breed of near-autonomous vehicles, with the EV debuting a new generation of sensors perfect for real-time crowdsourced data. The upcoming car - which is shaping up to be Tesla's most popular to-date, with over 325,000 people coughing up a $1,000 deposit to stake a spot on the reservations list - is the prime candidate for a new, lower-cost sensor array developed by Tesla hardware supplier Mobileye that's said to offer autonomous intelligence hitherto the realm of R&D labs, but at a fraction of what current hardware costs.

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HERE ditches Windows 10 to howls of protest

HERE ditches Windows 10 to howls of protest

Mapping specialist HERE will pull its apps for Windows 10 smartphones at the end of the month, the company has announced, sending fans of Microsoft's platform into paroxysms of rage. The company, which until late last year was owned by key Windows Phone partner Nokia, confirmed the news today, suggesting that developing a new app for Windows 10 mobile would simply not make good business sense.

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Driving Change: Big Auto’s $2.7 billion bet on HERE

Driving Change: Big Auto’s $2.7 billion bet on HERE

HERE's plans for the self-driving future can finally emerge from their autopilot holding-pattern, with the company and its new automaker owners holding a quiet but enthusiastic coming out party in San Francisco today. Representatives from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler joined HERE execs to talk about the development of high-definition mapping, location-based services, and cars that whisper to the cloud and - eventually - drive themselves.

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Soon, every Audi, BMW, and Mercedes could be a digital mapper

Soon, every Audi, BMW, and Mercedes could be a digital mapper

Audi, BMW, and Mercedes Benz have snapped up HERE, and the digital cartographers are wasting no time in investigating how the luxury cars can shape smarter maps. The deal, which closed late last week and netted former HERE owner Nokia a $2.7bn payout, brings technology like HD Maps - high resolution data ideal for tomorrow's self-driving cars - into the reach of the German trio, but also gives HERE unprecedented access to driving data.

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Nokia HERE deal closes as German automakers grab robo-car tech

Nokia HERE deal closes as German automakers grab robo-car tech

Nokia's deal to sell digital mapping and location services specialist HERE to a trio of German automakers has closed ahead of schedule. The agreement, announced back in August, was initially expected to get regulatory approval sometime early in 2016, but that came through sooner than expected and Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler wasted no time in inking the contract.

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Self-driving cars may need to be bad drivers to succeed

Self-driving cars may need to be bad drivers to succeed

A self-driving car getting pulled over by traffic police sounds like the subject of an xkcd comic, but Google's autonomous run-in with the law shows the robots have a lot to learn. Getting stopped for driving too slowly amid other traffic might only be the tip of the iceberg, in fact, and it's entirely possible that autonomous vehicles will need to learn to be worse on the road in order to fit in.

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HERE’s how you prove smart cities are the future

HERE’s how you prove smart cities are the future

Turned off, HERE's 3D cityscape is the sleeping San Francisco that never really exists. The white, stylized version of the California tech hub - complete with a miniature chunk of the Bay Bridge - is tranquil in a way the real thing could never be. Turn on the projector overhead, though, and the city is flooded with data and light.

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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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