IAA Day 1 Announcements

While the “Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung” moved to a new place and introduced a new concept, following the pandemic, Day 1 is still a traditionally good day to make announcements just like with any other fair. Here are a few of the headlines that emerged:

Volkswagen’s electric ID.Life concept car doubles as a gaming console

Volkswagen is leveraging its partnership with Pittsburgh-based Argo AI to build an autonomous version

Mercedes unveils their new EV Lineup at IAA

Basemark launches Rocksolid Core Automotive OS – While BMW calls for a joint OS between Mercedes and VW

Audi, BMW and Daimler buy here.com

William Boston of the Wall Street Journal comments on the acquisition of here.com, formerly Nokia, by German car manufacturers Audi, BMW and Daimler.

German auto makers Audi, BMW and Daimler have agreed in principle to purchase Nokia’s digital mapping service, called Nokia Here, for about $2.7 billion, according to a person familiar with the situation.

via: Audi, BMW and Daimler Near Deal to Buy Nokia Mapping Service


Both sides of this — why Nokia needs to sell Here Maps, and why the car makers want to buy it — were explained by Horace Dediu last month.

via: Daring Fireball.