Uber Bids $3 Billion for Nokia’s ‘Here Maps’

As Nokia is planning to sell its Here Maps, many companies are eager to get ahold of it for themselves. Uber has bid $3 Billion for Here, which is much less than the $8.1 Billion that Nokia paid for Navteq (original name of Here).

With Here being for sale, there are many companies that want to use the tech for their own projects, as well as the licensing fees that there will be. Uber will want the mapping tech since it is such a core part of its business and it can also cut down what it is paying for mapping tech that they currently use. The mapping may also come in very handy for Uber with their own self-driving car projects. This is the second mapping company that Uber is looking to obtain this year as it bought deCarta earlier in the year.

A few of the long list of other companies that will likely be bidding on Here are Apple, Amazon, Audi AG, BMW AG, Baidu, Facebook, Harman, Mercedes-Benz and Sirius XM. We will soon know who will have won the bidding war as The Times says that Nokia will decide what offer to go with later this month.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information

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Trucks of the Future May Be Almost Completely Autonomous

Are you a HGV Driver? Ever wanted to be one? Well your time is running out, sorry if you are a HGV driver, Mercedes-Benz have developed the “Future Truck 2025,” which Mercedes says is the first self-driven freight vehicle. It may seem completely illogical right now, but the hands-off idea is aimed at eliminating human error.

Special sensors are placed all around the truck for 360 degree spacial awareness, which is obviously critical for the system to function efficiently and safely. The sensors include specially designed cameras and radar. Mercedes also boast that the computerized controls will increase driving efficiency, which is always a good thing!

Many of the component parts to put a vehicle like this into production are already available in trucks on the market: Systems that help drivers keep their distance from other drivers, active braking assistance, guidance and mapping systems and fine-tuned cruise control.

The “Future Truck 2025” can monitor itself along a road and realize if someone has moved in front of it, the truck will then slow down to make sure it doesn’t hit the other car. It won’t attempt an overtake on it’s own, this must be done by a driver.

So all in all, Mercedes have developed an autonomous HGV that increases driving efficiency and minimizes human error but still requires there to be drivers in the truck for it to switch lanes etc. These drivers will be known as “transport managers.”

Mercedes hope to have these vehicles everywhere by 2025.

Thanks to CNN for providing us with this information.

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Industry Giants Google And Apple Consider Expanding To The Automobile Industry

The car industry has quickly caught the attention of both Apple and Google. After fiercely competing with each other in smartphone, web browser, and tablet markets, both the companies are now working with leading car manufacturers to develop in-car entertainment and information systems.

Google and German automaker Audi AG are said to be working together on Android based in-car infotainment systems and they plan to announce their partnership at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. The Google announcement is being seen as the answer to Apple’s “iOS in the car” initiative, which was launched in June at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). As part of the initiative, Apple is developing technology to integrate iPhones with car’s dashboard control panels. Apple is said to be collaborating with BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Honda Motors for their projects.

In terms of tech features, while Apple is going for the iPhone attachment to the car, Google is taking to a more embedded approach and is working on integrating the Android OS with the car’s dashboard. According to the report, 80 million new cars and light trucks are sold every year. Quite clearly, the market has huge potential and this is the reason Apple and Google are trying hard to penetrate it. The concept of smart cars has also opened the doors for leading chip-makers like Qualcomm, Intel, and Nvidia, to enter the car business.

Thank you Tech Report for providing us with this information