Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Nokia, Baidu Team Up to Power Maps, Location Services Outside China
Chinese Web giant Baidu will team up with Nokia to power their mapping and location platform, both companies announced last Monday. Nokia will now power Baidu's desktop and mobile map services for all regions that are located outside China.
Baidu is the second largest search engine next to Google, it is China's largest. Nokia have created a mapping service that has a good feedback from users.
They will initially update Baidu Maps on the desktop, iOS, and Android with maps for Taiwan, then other countries will follow suit. Their collaboration makes Baidu the first Chinese company to give location-based services to its residents traveling abroad.
Bruno Bourguet, Here's senior vice president and head of sales said: "Every day, millions of people count on Here to explore the world and discover new places whether at home or on the go. Together with Baidu, a new customer for us, we want to help the growing number of Chinese tourists get the most from their travels."
Baidu wants to capitalize on the millions of Chinese tourists who have taken 5 million trips to foreign countries in 2000 they have traveling approximately 97 million times in 2013.