Japanese map platform developer, Dynamic Map Platform Co. (or DMP), announced last month that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Detroit-based rival, Ushr, in a deal reported to be worth up to US$ 200 million.
In this short piece, we consider the potential significance of this deal on the high-definition mapping market; a crucial area in the development of driverless cars.
In many ways, 2018 proved to be a challenging year for the development of CAVs. From high profile accidents to the curtain coming down on Congress’ first attempt at federal legislation for driverless cars in the US, the year ended with less of a sense of optimism than it began. It seems no coincidence then that some of the biggest players in the CAV sector, including GM, Toyota and Waymo, announced at January’s annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, that they had joined a new partnership: Partners for Automated Vehicle Education, or PAVE. It’s stated aim; “to inform and educate the public and policy makers on the facts regarding driverless vehicles so that they can fully participate in shaping the future of our roads and highways.“1
In this blog, we consider some of the difficulties faced by the industry in 2018, current public perception of driverless cars, and how PAVE hopes that education will allow the potential of driverless cars to be unlocked.