Toyota partners with China’s Momenta on high definition maps for autonomous cars


  • Driverless vehicle
  • Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020

Toyota's research arm is developing its so-called Automated Mapping Platform (AMP) to generate data for accurate and updated maps, which it said will also be accessible to industry developers. — AFP

BEIJING/SHANGHAI: Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp has partnered with Chinese autonomous driving startup Momenta to develop a high definition (HD) mapping platform in China for autonomous driving vehicles, Momenta said in a statement.

Maps are key to allowing autonomous vehicles to locate themselves. Toyota's research arm is developing its so-called Automated Mapping Platform (AMP) to generate data for accurate and updated maps, which it said will also be accessible to industry developers.

Momenta was established three years ago and is backed by German's Daimler. It is testing autonomous cars in Beijing and Suzhou and will provide its camera-based HD mapping technologies to help commercialise Toyota's AMP in China, according to the statement.

Toyota autonomous vehicle partnerships also include a venture with SoftBank Corp and an investment in robotaxi developer Uber ATG.

It has invested US$400mil (RM1.74bil) in Pony.ai, another autonomous company with a Chinese background, and US$600mil (RM2.61bil) in Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing and a new joint venture to develop mobility services. – Reuters

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