Germany: HERE, a leader in mapping, navigation and location services, is making high-definition (HD) mapping data of sections of public roads in four countries available to all automotive companies to support their highly automated vehicle initiatives. HERE has been developing its HD map using its LiDAR-equipped data capture vehicles and advanced processing technologies. As part of that effort, HERE has mapped several private test tracks for automated driving projects. Now, for the first time, HERE is offering HD mapping data of specific stretches of open road in Silicon Valley and Michigan in the United States, as well as in France and Germany, to all carmakers and automotive suppliers for test purposes. HERE plans to offer data for Japan too later this year. HERE is currently working with more than 10 leading automotive companies on automated driving projects.