Nokia Here data to power Baidu’s non-Chinese maps

The Chinese web giant Baidu has decided on Nokia as its mapping partner for services outside of China.

[company]Nokia[/company]’s Here platform is one of the key remaining businesses of the Finnish firm, following the sale of its handset unit to [company]Microsoft[/company]. Its mapping data, which will now power [company]Baidu[/company] Maps for most of the world, covers nearly 200 countries.

According to a statement, the first extension of Baidu Maps beyond China will take in Taiwan (which China considers to be part of China anyway) and other territories will follow.

Although the Here data will be subsumed by the Baidu brand, it’s worth noting that China is a key market for Nokia – it’s the first country in which Nokia’s upcoming N1 tablet will launch, for example. Then again, as the world’s biggest economy, with increasing numbers of affluent citizens (and, relevantly, overseas-travelling tourists), that’s no surprise.

Nokia Here chief Halbherr steps down a few months after taking CEO role

Michael Halbherr has stepped down as CEO of Nokia Here, the Finnish firm’s mapping and location-based services division, after just a few months in the role. He had been with Nokia for eight years and on its leadership team for three, but he only took the Here CEO spot on 1 May this year. The team is now looking for a new chief, under the temporary leadership of Core Map Group SVP Cliff Fox. The division is currently unprofitable, but is betting on success in the connected car market in particular. According to a Wednesday statement, Halbherr quit in order to “focus once again on entrepreneurial activities.”

Nokia is working on self-driving cars with Mercedes-Benz

Nokia’s Here business, a serious rival to Google’s mapping and navigation efforts, is partnering up with Germany’s Mercedes-Benz on autonomous vehicles. Like Nissan, Merc parent Daimler wants self-driving cars on the road by 2020.