Uber doesn’t usually make acquisitions, let alone get into bidding wars. But the ride-hailing juggernaut has submitted a bid to buy Nokia’s mapping product, Here, according to the New York Times.
Nokia’s mapping product Here has been a hot commodity this week. On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that European carmakers BMW, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz and Audi were banding together with Chinese search engine company Baidu to launch a formal bid to buy Here. This would prevent other tech companies like Apple or Google from buying it first for their self-driving car projects.
Here is a significant business — it’s the main rival to Google Maps, in terms of mapping units — and would be a boon to Uber. Via the New York Times:
Nokia’s mapping business holds more than an 80 percent global market share for built-in car navigation systems, and spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year to update its maps that span from New York to New Delhi. Here, which is based in Berlin, employs about 6,000 people worldwide to maintain Nokia’s digital maps and connected-car services with almost three million daily adjustments. The unit reported yearly revenue of $1.1 billion, or less than 8 percent of Nokia’s total sales in 2014, according company records. .. see more