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Expanding HD map coverage will be critical for large-scale deployment of self-driving vehicles

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Technology Trends

With many strategic partnerships between automakers, suppliers, and technology companies lately, HD map development is entering a fast lane; the wider rollout of 5G communication network in the next few years will further accelerate development of advanced solutions in this area

Autonomous vehicles will need very accurate, machine-readable, multi-layer mapping information, down to the centimeter level of accuracy, for their precise localization and forward path planning. Initially, automakers and mobility service providers will be able to deploy autonomous vehicles in geofenced areas that have high-definition (HD) map coverage. However, in the long term, they will look to deploy such vehicles in larger areas, creating a significant demand for HD mapping solutions.

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