Here, the digital mapping and location-based services company owned by the German Big Three of Audi, BMW, and Daimler, is partnering with Increment P Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japanese sensor manufacturer Pioneer, to expand its services within the self-driving car market. Specifically, "Here and Increment P are looking to use the data collected through Pioneers 3D-LiDAR sensors to develop high-definition mapping solutions for autonomous driving," according to Automotive News.
The announcement comes as Japanese automakers are forming their own consortium to mapping solutions to rival the Germansitself a move toward independence from, and competition again, software players like Google and its Google Maps products.
Here Looking to Expand Role, Add Partners
Data exchange among Pioneers vehicle sensors via cloud computing would allow Here to provide more accurate and constantly-updated maps. Here is looking to increase its role as an automotive supplier for both highly-automated and, down the road, fully-autonomous driving technologies. Mandali Khalesi, Heres head of Asia-Pacific automotive operations, said during a February briefing in Tokyo that the brand is looking to work with other partners, and is even open to bringing on a Japanese carmaker as an investor, AN reports.