Good news for Microsoft as WSJ today reported that German Auto Makers have agreed to buy HERE Maps from Nokia. Since Nokia announced that they are looking for buyers, there were various rumors about companies bidding for HERE. It started from Uber, Facebook, Apple, Samsung and even Microsoft. In the end, now German auto makers Audi, BMW and Daimler have decided to buy HERE Maps.
Since Microsoft relies heavily on HERE for all its Map applications, this is a good news for them. Because if it was Uber or Apple, they would have made HERE a closed platform cutting off access to 3rd parties. German auto makers are going to keep the platform open for everybody. They are buying HERE to support their future development of self-driving vehicles.
Nokia has been negotiating exclusively with the three car makers over the sale of the company, whose development of high-definition real-time digital maps is seen as a core technology in the development of self-driving vehicles, and a vast array of future automotive safety systems.