Nokia, Mercedes-Benz in smart map deal

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp. says it will cooperate with Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz car division to create and develop digital smart maps.

Finland-based Nokia says its mapping and location services unit, HERE, and Mercedes will initially provide 3D maps for the Mannheim to Pforzheim route in Germany for cars connected to a computing cloud.

Nokia said Tuesday at the Frankfurt Auto Show that connecting cars to a cloud is “one of the biggest opportunities for the automotive industry today.”

The HERE mapping unit is one of the three businesses remaining in Nokia’s corporate umbrella following last week’s deal to sell its mobile phone division to Microsoft.

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