Isuzu and Hino to explore automated mapping platform for small truck use

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Two of the biggest truck manufacturers in Japan will explore the potential of an automated mapping platform in the domain of small commercial-purpose trucks.

Isuzu and Hino, along with Woven Alpha (a group company of Woven Planet Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation) have announced their agreement to proceed with talks to utilize the automated mapping platform (AMP) developed by Woven Alpha.

A connected crowdsourced software platform, AMP will support the creation, development, and distribution of high-definition maps and would play a major role in smart and safe automated mobility.

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The automated mapping platform will provide high-precision data-driven maps through vehicle fleet data and advanced satellite imagery technology.

According to Toyota, the high-definition maps will include important information such as lanes, road signs, and traffic lights. In addition, other objects like road curves and topography will be included to create an accurate representation of the road.

The Woven Alpha team aims to keep the maps updated and make the AMP the most comprehensive road and lane network HD map platform globally. AMP is also slated to enable high-precision localization support to automated driving vehicles.

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Ultimately, the aim of the involved companies is to utilize the high definition maps for a smarter and safer means of logistics through automated driving and Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS).

In due time, AMP can potentially be used not only for small commercial trucks but also for passenger cars. 

Photos from Toyota

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