30 Sep '14, 2pm

BMW's Chinese Robocar Tests Will Use Baidu's Maps

BMW is collaborating with the Chinese search-engine giant Baidu to provide its experimental self-driving cars with maps of select Chinese roads. And that's just as you'd expect, given that no self-driving car can manage without digital maps, and Baidu is the company that best provides them in China. Maps are what drew Google (that other search-engine firm) to launch its pioneering robotic car project. Not the kind of maps that you now call up on your smart phone to guide you to your destination but maps that show the roads and what's alongside them , warts and all. That means every exit ramp, every driveway, and every curb. A self-driving car must be able to perceive things itself, of course. But, like an NBA shooter on the basketball court, it also needs a clear sense of where it is. One day, cars may have computer memories capacious enough to store detailed maps of all t...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/s...

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