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BMW’s first quarter earnings rose greater than anticipated after the worth of its stake within the mapping service Right here was boosted by an funding by Intel.

The German automotive big reported pre-tax earnings of 3bn euros (£2.5bn), a 27% leap from the identical interval in 2016.

BMW stated the worth of the stake in Right here had risen by 183m euros.

The automotive producer additionally cited improved earnings from its Chinese language three way partnership, BMW Brilliance Automotive, for its larger earnings.

The US chip big Intel said in January it could purchase 15% of Right here, which is co-owned by Audi, BMW and Daimler.

Right here develops know-how that feeds mapping data to autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles.

It additionally makes digital merchandise that present data on the situation of upcoming hazards, site visitors, street indicators and charging factors for electrical autos, in addition to another positioning system to GPS.

BMW is because of publish its detailed first-quarter outcomes on four Could.