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Post : Japan banks on 3D mapping deemed crucial for driverless cars
URL : http://business.financialpost.com/pmn/pmn-business/japan-banks-on-3d-mapping-deemed-crucial-for-driverless-cars
Posted : June 13, 2018 at 8:27 pm
Author : The Associated Press
Tags : AP
Categories : PMN Business

TOKYO -- Technology companies are racing to develop ultra-precise digital maps that can guide self-driving cars within inches of where they should be -- a hurdle the industry needs to clear if it hopes to deliver on its promise of widespread use of driverless vehicles.

Japan's government is backing a three-dimensional mapping system developed by Mitsubishi Electric Corp. that includes a wealth of details such as trees and pedestrians. It promises to be off by no more than 25 centimetres (9.8 inches).

That would be a big improvement over satellite-based GPS, which is used by ships, aircraft and increasingly by drivers or on mobile phones but can be off by up to 20 metres (65 feet).

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