Today the sales of Nokia’s HERE division was officially announced ending a long running debate over who would buy them. The sale has been well covered by other folks. I’d recommend GPS Business News, Dominique Bonte of ABI and the official press release but I am sure I am missing some other insightful commentary.
There are a number of interesting details that have come out in the news. I’ve written on some of them in the past. The one I am still trying to wrap my head around is how HERE will continue to support the non-automotive mapping applications. I don’t think they can do both HD Auto maps and maintain their position in non-automotive markets.
Continue reading Can HERE really support Non-Automotive LBS?
Buying and selling map companies is back in the news so I am back on Bloomberg. I really enjoyed this interview with Emily Chang and Cory Johnson on Bloomberg West. We covered a lot of ground and they had very good questions. My reference in the title refers to the year both major map companies were acquired, NAVTEQ by Nokia and TeleAtlas by TomTom. My prediction for 2015 (made and witnessed in January) was that 2015 would be a repeat of 2007; both HERE and TomTom Licensing would turn over again. I have high confidence that I will be at least half right and there’s a good chance I will be 100% right. Continue reading 2007 Redux? Mapping back in play
Interesting press release out of TomTom today: The Dutch PND and map maker announced that they have “extended (their) location-based services product portfolio with an online turn-by-turn navigation service”. That means that they are adding server-based navigation; a feature that is offered by competitors like Nokia HERE and Google but, until now, not by TomTom. The release also says “In support of this product line extension TomTom has expanded its relationship with deCarta.”
Hmm…that’s a little cryptic. Continue reading TomTom goes online.