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Toyota Adds to Its Partnerships With Chinese Self-Driving Firms

By Ding Yi / Mar 18, 2020 07:23 PM / Business & Tech

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

Toyota has partnered with Chinese autonomous driving startup Momenta to market so-called “high definition (HD) mapping” platform in China, adding to its growing number of agreements with Chinese companies on driverless vehicle development.

In a Wednesday statement, Momenta said that it will provide Toyota with its camera-based high-definition mapping technology, which the Japanese carmaker will use to develop its Automated Mapping Platform (AMP). AMP is an open software platform that aims to help startups accelerate their development of automated driving applications and enter into the market.

Momenta’s mapping technology is able to provide location accuracy to within 10 centimeters and road information including traffic signs, lane borders and traffic lights. The technology is also more affordable than laser radars because it adopts a consumer-grade sensing system made up of monocular cameras, GPS devices and inertial measurement unit, according to the statement.

“Momenta’s strategy is to seek both mass production of autonomous vehicles and full autonomy for cars,” the statement added.

Last week, Toyota’s research arm wrapped up a proof of concept to create automated high-definition maps with an accuracy of 50 centimeters or less for automated vehicles using commercial satellite imagery.

The tie-up between Toyota and Momenta comes less than a month after the Japanese automaker invested $400 million in another autonomous vehicle startup, Pony.ai., for the commercialization of vehicles with self-driving capabilities.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

Related: China’s Pony.ai Secures $400 Million from Toyota to Develop Driverless Cars

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