Ushr Inc., a Livonia-based autonomous vehicle software company, has been acquired by Tokyo, Japan’s Dynamic Map Platform Co. (DMP) for an undisclosed share price. The move will allow the DMP Group to begin full-scale business deployment in the North American market.
DMP says it will add Ushr as a DMP Group company and provide its high-definition 3-D digital maps (HD Maps) to a wide range of users, not only in the Japanese market but also in the North American market. DMP will further expand map coverage from highways to surface roads and from Japan and North America to other regions worldwide.
“HD Map is the only sensor which provides near-ground truth measurements of road geometry and attribution in a cost-effective manner for mass production vehicles,” says Tsutomu Nakajima, CEO of DMP.
General Motors Co. integrated Ushr’s HD Map into its Super Cruise system, which itself was a first-to-market feature for passenger vehicles. Many other OEMs and suppliers, according to DMP, now are considering integrating HD Maps into their automated driving systems.
“DMP Group companies have advanced technical capabilities to provide HD Maps suitable for different mobility markets and will strive to meet evolving customer demands from the widespread adoption of advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving systems,” Nakajima says.
DMP Group says it will provide HD Maps across the spectrum of vehicles—personal, fleet, and commercial—as well as provide data for other uses including infrastructure management, maintenance, simulation, and analytics, with the vision of becoming the leading provider of digital infrastructure data that serves as a foundation for a safe, smart, and seamless society.