Digital map maker HERE and car electronics global vendor Pioneer Corporation have entered into a strategic partnership to enable global mapping solutions and next generation location-based services for the automotive and other industries.
The agreement follows the companies’ recent cooperation exploring the application of Pioneer’s 3D-LiDAR sensor technology in the development of a data ecosystem for autonomous driving.
“By linking their complementary mapping and automotive technologies and assets, HERE and Pioneer plan to enable fully integrated global SD (standard definition) and HD (high definition) mapping solutions at a scale and quality-level unmatched in the industry,“ the companies said.
Several areas of partnership have been defined.
Global SD map offering
HERE and Pioneer’s mapping subsidiary Increment P Corporation (IPC) intend to utilize each other’s map data in existing and future products and services. HERE will utilize navigation-grade map data for Japan from IPC to support the needs of its global customers doing business in the country. Meanwhile, Pioneer will utilize HERE map data in products and services it provides to customers outside of Japan. The two companies are also evaluating potential mapping cooperation for certain geographies where both HERE and IPC offer maps.
Global HD map offering
HERE and IPC, both developers of high definition (HD) mapping for automated vehicles, intend to enable a globally-consistent HD map solution that supports the automotive and other industries’ needs across all global markets. HERE and IPC are also exploring the use of sensor data generated by Pioneer’s in-vehicle 3D-LiDAR sensor in a HD map solution for a variety of fields, including autonomous driving.
Use of data from aftermarket connected Pioneer devices
In addition to that HERE and Pioneer plan to harness sensor data generated by connected Pioneer aftermarket devices. The companies anticipate the first services developed with the data could come to market in 2018. The data may also be used to enrich solutions such as the real-time crowdsourced data services for drivers powered by the HERE Open Location Platform.