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BMW’s first quarter income 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 automobile big reported pre-tax income of 3bn euros (£2.5bn), a 27% bounce from the identical interval in 2016.

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

The automobile producer additionally cited improved earnings from its Chinese language three way partnership, BMW Brilliance Automotive, for its increased income.

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 automobiles.

It additionally makes digital merchandise that present data on the placement of upcoming hazards, visitors, street indicators and charging factors for electrical automobiles, in addition to an alternate positioning system to GPS.

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