Washington (BBC): A group of German carmakers, including Audi, BMW and Daimler, are buying Nokia’s Here digital mapping business for €2.8bn (£2bn). The company is developing technology that it hopes will help create self-driving cars. Here uses cloud technology to build digital maps. “High-precision digital maps are a crucial component of the mobility of the future,” said Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of Daimler. The carmakers plan to use Here’s technology to combine precise digital maps with real-time vehicle data more closely.

“For the automotive industry, this is the basis for new assistance systems and ultimately fully autonomous driving,” the automakers said in a statement.