On August 3, 2015, Nokia’s digital mapping and cloud location service provider HERE was sold to a consortium of German car makers Audi, BMW, and Daimler for €2.8 billion. HERE is one of the top competitors to Google Maps, with special features for the car industry. Of course, better maps are useful to all drivers, but it seems likely that the three car makers want to use HERE for self-driving cars.
Apple’s previous attempt at a relationship with BMW had stalled. In effect, it still looks like the iCar could indeed be running on a BMW chassis and motor.
For many, the iCar has long been an inevitable move for Apple. Previous speculation had put Apple working with Tesla, but then news broke of a visit by Tim Cook to BMW headquarters. From there, things seemed to go nowhere fast. A source had told news outlets, however, that the agreements had stalled in part due to Apple’s desire to explore its own car manufacturing options first.
It appears that although there is nothing currently in the [...]