Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has come out saying that one of the primary reasons for Mercedes-Benz to bid to buy Nokia’s HERE mapping division is to have better data security for self-driving cars.

Dieter Zetsche Daimler CEO

During a call with investors to discuss Q2 earnings, Zetsche addressed concerns over Mercedes-Benz cars being hacked by saying that the company along with its German competitors was trying to acquire a platform (Nokia Here) for that exact reason.

He said that the consortium consisting of Audi, BMW and Mercedes would seek to make the software available to third-party competitors is the bid to buy Nokia’s HERE mapping division is successful.

Recent reports have suggested that get three German carmakers are close to a deal to buy Nokia HERE for $2.7 billion. However, the deal now apparently hinges on ownership of patents that helps self-driving cars talk to mobile networks.

With cars getting connected to the point where hackers can take control of the car’s steering, brakes and gas pedal, concerns about security have been mounting. Even Tesla’s Model S hasn’t been spared, with hackers for now having gained control of the car’s infotainment system, lights and wipers.

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