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.
Elon Musk seems to like making headlines every other week, and he’s done it again with his nonchalant announcement of the next steps for his Hyperloop mass transit system. Musk took to Twitter, as he often does with big announcements, telling everyone the next steps for the first ever test track. But like any Musk announcement that seems too good to be true, he followed it up with another tweet hinting at a “pod racing” competition for students on the Hyperloop.