Today at CES in Las Vegas, DeepMap announced a partnership with SAIC Motor Innovation Center. The multi-year collaboration is focused on high-definition (HD) mapping and localization, a critical component of autonomous vehicle (AV) software.
SAIC Motor Innovation Center obtained its California DMV permit for testing self-driving vehicles in June 2017. It is now running DeepMap software in test cars at GoMentum Station, a facility in Concord, Calif., as well as on public roads in San Jose, Calif.
James Wu, CEO and Co-Founder of DeepMap, said: “In AV development, HD mapping is one of the most complex challenges. DeepMap is providing SAIC Motor Innovation Center with robust, scalable mapping services. This partnership is designed to complement the SAIC team’s progress in developing safe, production-ready self-driving technology in-house.”
Maxwell Huang, President of SAIC Motor Innovation Center, said: “AVs require a completely new mapping paradigm: high-definition maps built by AVs for AVs, with ultra-precise accuracy and highly-robust map consumption software. DeepMap’s technology vision and business model are in line with the mission of SAIC.”
“In our current testing, we have found DeepMap’s localization services to be highly accurate, especially in dense urban environments,” added Rakesh Gupta, Director of Autonomous Driving, SAIC Motor Innovation Center.
DeepMap’s service delivers the capabilities necessary for self-driving cars to navigate in the complex and unpredictable real world by addressing three important elements: precise high-definition mapping, ultra-accurate real-time localization, and the serving infrastructure to support massive global scaling.
SAIC Motor Innovation Center, founded in 2015, is located in Silicon Valley and backed by SAIC, a leading automaker in China.