NVIDIA has acquired DeepMap, a company that makes high-definition mapping technology for self-driving cars. “DeepMap is expected to expand our mapping products, help us evolve mapping operations around the world and extend our comprehensive expertise in autonomous driving,” said NVIDIA vice president Ali Kani.
DeepMap provides maps with high levels of accuracy. NVIDIA stresses that maps accurate to within meters are great for detailed GPS directions, but autonomous vehicles require greater accuracy. “They must operate with centimeter precision for precise localization, [so that] an AV can locate in the world, ”NVIDIA wrote in a blog post.
Frequent updates are also essential, so that maps “reflect current road conditions, such as a construction zone or lane closure,” NVIDIA said. They must also adapt easily to large audiovisual fleets and offer “fast processing and minimal data storage”.
NVIDIA plans to integrate the technology into its Drive platform to boost mapping and location capabilities. Drive technology is currently used by Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Audi, Volvo and others with varying degrees of features and complexity. NVIDIA said it plans to complete the acquisition in the third quarter of 2021.
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