NVIDIA to buy autonomous vehicle mapping company DeepMap

Its maps are more precise and updated more often than others.

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NVIDIA bought a company that makes high-definition maps for self driving cars

NVIDIA is to acquire DeepMap, a company that makes high-definition mapping technology for self-driving cars. "DeepMap is expected to extend our mapping products, help us scale worldwide map operations and expand our full self-driving expertise," said NVIDIA VP Ali Kani. 

DeepMap provides maps with high levels of precision. NVIDIA points out that maps accurate to within a few meters are fine for turn-by-turn GPS directions, but autonomous vehicles require greater accuracy. "They must operate with centimeter-level precision for accurate localization, [so that] an AV can locate itself in the world," NVIDIA wrote in a blog post.

Frequent updates are also key, so that maps "reflect current road conditions, such as a work zone or a lane closure," NVIDIA said. They also need to scale easily over large AV fleets and offer "fast processing and minimal data storage." 

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NVIDIA plans to integrate the tech into its Drive platform to bolster mapping and localization capabilities. Drive technology is currently used by Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Audi, Volvo and others with varying degrees of features and complexity. NVIDIA said it expected to finalize the acquisition in Q3 2021. 

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NVIDIA to buy autonomous vehicle mapping company DeepMap