Digital Map Vendors Are Jumping on the AI Bandwagon

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By Lian Jye Su | 1Q 2019 | IN-5437


AI Is a Big Focus for the Digital Map Industry


On February 13, 2019, Japan-based Dynamic Map Platform (DMP) acquired Ushr, a Detroit-based digital map company, for US$181 million. The acquisition will create a single, enhanced platform for accelerated development and delivery of high-definition (HD) mapping solutions for autonomous vehicles and advanced driver-assistance systems. Ushr’s acquisition not only opens up the North American market for DMP, which is largely restricted to Japanese automakers, by adding existing business with GM, but also provides DMP with the much sought-after sensor fusion technology that enables the creation of high-definition (HD) maps.

Just a day later, HERE Technologies announced that it is investing US$28.3 million (or EU€25 million) into its Vienna-based international Institute for Advanced Research in Artificial Intelligence (IARAI). According to HERE, AI will be the technology developing next generation mapping services. This includes self-healing maps, location awareness capabilities in vehicles, and highly accurate optimization models for traffic, f…

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