On the Way to Autonomous Driving

Robert Bosch Venture Capital invests in DeepMap

16. August 2018, 14:18 Uhr | Stefanie Eckardt
DeepMap visualisation of local Intersection. Now, Robert Bosch Venture Capital is investing in the start-up.
DeepMap visualisation of local Intersection. Now, Robert Bosch Venture Capital is investing in the start-up.
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Robert Bosch Venture Capital has completed an investment in DeepMap, a US start-up based in Palo Alto, California. DeepMap is a software company focused on solving the mapping and localization challenge for autonomous vehicles.

DeepMap is taking a novel approach within the mapping industry and allows different companies to create custom HD maps, which contain different characteristics and data structures. DeepMap also provides software embedded on the vehicle that addresses localization, change detection, data updates, route planning, HD map caching, and data collection. These capabilities allow DeepMap to undertake one of the biggest challenges in the industry, providing “living”, continuously updated HD maps. The company is not providing a static map database, but rather a full software layer in the cloud and embedded on the vehicle. DeepMap is also pursuing a new data ownership model where the end customer owns the underlying data. This strategy enables them to take a more scalable, low-cost approach to HD map making. Instead of owning and operating expensive survey fleets, data can be collected from the customer’s autonomous vehicles deployed in the field.

High Definition maps are complete and accurate volumetric reconstructions of a 3D environment and provide a critical set of pre-information to autonomous vehicles. They contain layers of semantic information such as lane connectivity, drivable areas, crosswalks, signs, signals, traffic restrictions, and other information that is specific to each end customer’s solution. The key value proposition is that the more precise the HD map is, the simpler the self-driving software can be while obtaining higher performance.

The company has assembled a 75-person team with extensive experience at launching maps at massive scale. Prior to founding DeepMap, some members of the executive team previously co-founded Apple Maps, led numerous aspects of Google Maps and Google Earth, and led the Baidu HD Mapping initiative. RBVC joins investors Andreessen Horowitz, Accel Partners, and GSR Ventures as backers of DeepMap.

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