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By Zhao Runhua / Jul 16, 2019 05:03 PM / Business & Tech

Photo: IC Photo

Photo: IC Photo

Luxury car manufacturer BMW AG’s China unit is extending its partnership with Shenzhen-listed navigation software developer NavInfo Co. Ltd. to produce high-precision maps for autonomous driving projects, according to a Monday announcement.

Cooperation between the two parties dates back to at least 2017, when NavInfo agreed to provide mapping and navigation software for the German automaker’s China-produced cars. High-precision digital maps, which provide more detailed information than conventional digital maps, allow developers of driverless cars to optimize navigation routes and are considered a key component of autonomous vehicles.

Founded in 2002, NavInfo was the first company in China to acquire a license to produce digital maps, a sensitive technology that remains tightly regulated by the authorities.

Related: Huawei Gets Green Light to Develop High-Precision Maps

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