The sale removes some of the constraints that prevented it from leveraging mobility patents and technology left in the company – like the enormously successful HERE business.
Nokia EVP of Location and Commerce Michael Halbherr said, "Our strategy is straight, most companies out there don't have a map asset. We have become a neutral supplier to everybody who doesn't have their own map asset."
HERE is now free to compete with Google and Apple without forcing any hardware platform on industries. It is winning some powerful allies in Ford, BMW, Toyota, Audi, and Mitsubishi to name a few. Other users include GIS, Garmin, MiTAC (Magellan and Navman), Amazon, Oracle, SAP, Bing, Yahoo, and MapQuest. Its new cloud based model allows for constantly updated maps (only the segments that change instead of full maps or new locational information) when the device is near a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The core business is mobility
HERE has flagged that it wants more of the mapping market:
on mobile handsets (in addition to Windows Phone it now has Android, iOS, HTML5 and Firefox OS versions)
GPS (turn by turn voice guidance in 94 countries and turn by turn mapping in 196)
sports/performance devices (like the Magellan Cyclo for bicycle riders)
indoor mapping of shopping centres and even municipal buildings (49,000 buildings in 45 countries)
It recently launched HERE Transit with public transport information for more than 700 countries in 50 countries.
The next word is automotive.
HERE is a significant supplier to a large portion of the automotive industry with navigation maps, and more recently, points of interest, traffic updates and location services.
“A car won’t just use a map to know its own location, but the location of the objects around it. Nokia is already overlaying that map with virtual information, which can not only be accessed by apps but can projected into the field of vision through augmented reality technologies like Nokia’s City Lens. In short, maps are going to make th
"like the enormously successful HERE business." - Was/is it really at this point?
Navteq cost $8.1B (was that euro?).
I seriously doubt that that money has in any way been fully recouped, let alone built upon.