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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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Waze’s ‘Star Wars’ promo brings C-3PO voice navigation

Waze’s ‘Star Wars’ promo brings C-3PO voice navigation

Google has introduced Star Wars promotional content on several its services, not the least of which is Waze, the cartoony navigation app. Those who use Waze have the option to add Star Wars content, including a C-3PO voice for voice navigation. This other-world guide is “fluent in over six million forms of communication,” and leads drivers where they need to go while hunting down both BB-8 and R2-D2.

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Google Maps now offers offline navigation and search

Google Maps now offers offline navigation and search

As one of the most popular and most used navigation and mapping apps on smartphones today, it's hard to imagine Google Maps getting much better than it already is. Until, of course, you find yourself in a situation with poor or no network connection and in desperate need of the app. Starting today, however, Google is launching a major revamp of its offline Maps feature, adding support not only for search, but for turn-by-turn driving directions as well.

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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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Apple Indoor Survey app discovered, hints at indoor positioning

Apple Indoor Survey app discovered, hints at indoor positioning

A new app from Apple that snuck its way into the App Store recently has been discovered. Called Indoor Survey, the app is used for indoor positioning, or mapping out the inside of a building or venue using just an iPhone. The app doesn't appear in search results, however, and in order to download it, users must be registered for Apple's Maps Connect program.

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Hudway Glass gives you augmented reality nav on your windshield

Hudway Glass gives you augmented reality nav on your windshield

Typically, when we are using a navigation device we are using it on a device built into the dash of our car or via something stuck to the windshield. A new device is on Kickstarter called Hudway Glass that aims to make looking at those navigation cues easier and safer while we drive.

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Cyberattack risk prompts Navy to take up celestial navigation

Cyberattack risk prompts Navy to take up celestial navigation

Hackers have hit government agencies and private companies alike, and the instances of data theft and compromise are becoming increasingly severe. The risk of cyberattacks is ever present, and as such, the U.S. Navy has decided to restart teaching celestial navigation as a backup tool. The Naval Academy used to teach celestial navigation, but stopped in the 1990s, prompting outcry.

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Magellan eXplorist TRX7 is made for off-road adventurers

Magellan eXplorist TRX7 is made for off-road adventurers

Most personal navigation device or PNDs focus on safely getting you from point A to point B via the quickest normal route available. Magellan's new device, on the other hand, lets you take the route of the most fun. Targeted at the 4x4 and Powersports market, the eXplorist TRX7 does just what its name says. It gives drivers who love off-road treks the tools to map out their path, using the latest available map data. It even lets them save those trails, add pictures, and, yes, share on social media.

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Apple Maps adds 19 cities to 3D Flyover view

Apple Maps adds 19 cities to 3D Flyover view

While Apple Maps didn't get much attention among all the new features that debuted with iOS 9, and it may still lag behind Google Maps when it comes to popularity, Apple continues to expand and improve its own service. In this case, Apple Maps' unique flagship feature, 3D Flyovers, was updated this week to include almost 20 new cities and locations around the world, including several in the countries of Germany, Spain, and Japan.

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Waze is looking to reduce difficult left turns in traffic

Waze is looking to reduce difficult left turns in traffic

Waze is a popular navigation app that is able to give you the shortest distance between two places and the route it takes isn’t always a straight line. The app will route you along any twist or turn that will get you there fastest and sometimes those turns leave drivers more than a little nervous. Particularly the so-called "Waze left" that has drivers trying to make a difficult left turn across traffic to stay on route.

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Apple just bought Apple Maps its crystal ball

Apple just bought Apple Maps its crystal ball

Apple has quietly snapped up a mapping analytics company, as it strengthens the challenge Apple Maps presents to arch rival Google Maps. The latest acquisition is Mapsense, sources tell Re/code, a San Francisco startup which promises cloud-based visualizations and analytics of geo-data.

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