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The state of Virginia has decided to open up 70 miles of its public highways to companies that are developing self-driving cars.
A bidding war is brewing between Germany’s Big Three and Uber for a controlling interested in Nokia’s Here mapping service. And as Uber goes from glorified ride-sharing company to mover of all the things, it’s going to be a key technology to get them there.
Keeping with old the adage of the enemy of my enemy is my friend, Germany’s Big Three are working together to buy a controlling stake in Nokia’s Here mapping unit. The move is partially to keep it out of the hands of Google, Apple, or Facebook, but mainly to give the automakers a leg up on both self-driving vehicles…
For self-driving cars to work safely, we need better maps—much better maps. These maps will not only need to know where the roads are. They'll need to show real-time details as general as traffic patterns and as specific the number of inches to the curb. They'll also need to cover millions of miles worth of road.
Trapster, the app that let users share everything from speed traps to red light cameras, is headed to the great app store in the sky after mismanagement, neglect, and one ridiculously creepy privacy scandal.
Self-driving cars stand to be the next piece of technology that shakes the foundations of modern life. It's not hard to see why—it's basically science fiction come to life. Since it seems like everybody wants to be involved, news that Mercedes and Nokia were teaming up didn't come as a huge surprise.
Making good street maps is a pretty tough gig, which is why TomTom and Garmin are in a bidding war for Tele Atlas, the only major unsold mapmaker left (Navteq was purchased by Nokia for $8.1 billion). TomTom, the leader in navigation equipment, raised the stakes by offering a whopping $4.2 billion. What's great about…