BERLIN, INGOLSTADT, MUNICH, STUTTGART – December 05, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG successfully concluded the acquisition of Nokia’s digital mapping and location business HERE. The three partners each hold an equal stake in HERE. All competent antitrust authorities approved the transaction.
- Approvals by all competent antitrust authorities received
- More information to be given in a media webcast on 12/07/2015
AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG successfully concluded acquisition of Nokia’s digital mapping and location business HERE. In the picture: The HERE HD Map captures billions of 3D points to model the road surface. Source: HERE
Detailed information and statements will be provided in a media webcast with HERE, Audi, BMW and Daimler representatives. The webcast will take place on Monday, 12/07/2015 from 2.30 p m. CET onwards. It can be followed on the internet: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/ke2xqoy7.
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