Nvidia acquires hi-def mapping startup DeepMap to bolster AV technology – TechCrunch

Chipmaker Nvidia is buying DeepMap, the high-definition mapping startup introduced. The corporate stated its mapping IP will assist Nvidia’s autonomous automobile know-how sector, Nvidia Drive.

“The acquisition is an endorsement of DeepMap’s distinctive imaginative and prescient, know-how and other people,” stated Ali Kani, vp and common supervisor of Automotive at Nvidia, in a press release. “DeepMap is predicted to increase our mapping merchandise, assist us scale worldwide map operations and broaden our full self-driving experience.”

One of many largest challenges to attaining full autonomy in a passenger automobile is attaining correct localization and up to date mapping info that displays present highway situations. By integrating DeepMap’s tech, Nvidia’s autonomous stack ought to have larger precision, giving the automobile enhanced talents to find itself on the highway.

“Becoming a member of forces with Nvidia will permit our know-how to scale extra rapidly and profit extra folks sooner. We look ahead to persevering with our journey as a part of the Nvidia crew,” stated James Wu, co-founder and CEO of DeepMap, in a press release.

DeepMap — based by former workers of Google, Apple and Baidu James Wu and Mark Wheeler — can use Nvidia Drive’s software-defined platform to scale its maps throughout AV fleets rapidly and with out utilizing an excessive amount of knowledge storage through over-the-air updates. Nvidia may even make investments into new capabilities for DeepMap as a part of the partnership.

Nvidia is predicted to finalize the acquisition in Q3 2021.