A few years ago, a consortium of German auto makers acquired the Nokia Maps business to help embed the system into their cars and to manage their relationships with Apple and Google. Nokia had bought a company called Navteq back in 2007. Navteq was a mapping company that used first hand knowledge of terrain rather than official Government sourced maps unlike many of their competitors. This allowed them to effectively bring together many sources of data to build a more comprehensive picture than was typically available at that time. Navteq was originally based in Chicago and its venture capital backers sold it to the Dutch company, Philips Electronics in the early 1990s who tried several times to float the subsidiary until they finally sold it to Nokia. They rolled it into their eco-system, finally renaming a whole collection of mapping systems as Nokia Maps in 2011 having bought several smaller mapping technology companies. The following year (2012), Nokia decided to rename the … [Read More...]
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