US chip maker Intel will take a 15% stake in German digital mapping firm HERE, it said that as it seeks to build its presence in automated driving technology.
A filing to the German cartel office recently showed Intel has sought approval to buy a stake in the company, which is controlled by German carmakers Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen .
Intel and HERE said in a statement that they had also signed an agreement to collaborate on the research and development of real-time updates of high definition (HD) maps for highly-and fully-automated driving.
Intel did not disclose how much it would pay for the stake but said the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter.
The deal highlights a shift in the dynamics of research and development in the car industry, which until recently saw automakers largely dictating terms for suppliers to manufacture their proprietary technologies at specified volumes and prices.
Now carmakers are increasingly striking partnerships with technology firms using open technology standards, seeking to harness their expertise in areas including machine learning and mapping as they race against Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Tesla and Apple to develop driverless vehicles.