BMW AG’s i Ventures unit has made an unspecified investment in Mapillary AB, a Swedish company that uses computer vision to extra street-level details from high-definition maps.
Mapillary says it has identified more than 22 billion objects in 190 countries. It will use the investment to expand it staff, develop its core technology and enhance its infrastructure.
BMW praises Mapillary as an independent provider, whose platform can be shared by multiple companies. The carmaker notes that data sharing will be critical in maintaining accurate maps used by self-driving vehicles.
Mapillary’s platform can process and extract data from street-level images captured with virtually any type of camera. Its crowd-sourcing approach results in a resource for high-definition maps that is not dependent upon the type of sensors used to collect the data itself.
Toyota Motor Corp. is encouraging employees at its research and development center near Ann Arbor, Mich., to participate in an on-going program there to test connected vehicle technologies.
Tesla Inc. has begun offering free two-week trials of its semi-autonomous Autopilot technology to owners of its Model 3, S and X electric vehicles who haven’t already purchased the system.
Aptiv plc is launching a fleet of 30 autonomous vehicles that will operate as part of Lyft Inc.’s ride-hailing network in Las Vegas.