Talks over Nokia’s HERE hit a difficult stage – report

A group of three German carmakers, which emerged as the leading bidder for mapping business HERE, are in a standoff with owner Nokia, said Reuters. BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen face less pressure to bid aggressively now rival consortia appear to …

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BlackBerry offloads R&D unit to Volkswagen

Although device and software maker BlackBerry has fallen on hard times, it’s long been thought the company may carve a niche for itself in the automotive software space. So it was unsurprising when the company revealed this week that it has sold its European research and development centre in Bochum, Germany, to local auto firm Volkswagen.

Vodafone signs connected car deals with VW and Audi

As the movement for operators to provide in-car connectivity continues to gain momentum, operator group Vodafone has announced a deal with Volkswagen and Audi in Europe to provide connectivity in vehicles, starting with new Audi models from 2015.