Nokia, Mercedes-Benz to develop 3D maps for cars

Nokia, Mercedes-Benz to develop 3D maps for cars

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Finland: Nokia and Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz have joined hands to develop 3D smart maps for self-driving cars.

Nokia HERE will initially provide 3D maps from the Mannheim to Pforzheim route in Germany. These maps will be used for cars connected to a computing cloud. Nokia said Tuesday at the Frankfurt Auto Show that connecting cars to a cloud is “one of the biggest opportunities for the automotive industry today.” The requirements put on maps by autonomous driving go beyond what has been available until now,” Nokia said in a blog post on Tuesday. “The very exact precision of lane width, road sign locations, and other road network attributes are all crucial components needed to provide routing for autonomous vehicles. This is an area Mercedes-Benz and HERE will continue to explore together, as automakers and HERE spearhead the innovation for future commercial autonomous vehicles.” The two companies have not talked about a time frame for HERE-enabled self-driving cars. A number of automobile companies are in the process of developing computer-controlled features for cars. Google too has been working on self-driving cars since 2010.

Source: news.cnet.com