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NVIDIA has agreed to acquire DeepMap, a start-up dedicated to building high-definition maps for autonomous vehicles to navigate the world safely. The U.S.-based company was founded five years ago by James Wu and Mark Wheeler, veterans of Google, Apple and Baidu, among other companies.

Using crowdsourced data from vehicle sensors, DeepMap builds HD maps that continuously update as the car drives. 

The acquisition will help NVIDIA extend its mapping products, scale worldwide map operations and expand its full-self driving expertise. The deal is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2021, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. 

Ali Kani, vice president and general manager of Automotive at NVIDIA, says: “The acquisition is an endorsement of DeepMap’s unique vision, technology and people. DeepMap is expected to extend our mapping products, help us scale worldwide map operations and expand our full self-driving expertise.” 

Kani adds: “We are excited to welcome the DeepMap team to NVIDIA. They have a proven track record and are entrepreneurial, nimble and engineering-focused. DeepMap meets a deep need in the industry, and together we will develop and extend these capabilities,” 

James Wu, co-founder and CEO of DeepMap, comments: “NVIDIA is an amazing, world-changing company that shares our vision to accelerate safe autonomy. Joining forces with NVIDIA will allow our technology to scale more quickly and benefit more people sooner. We look forward to continuing our journey as part of the NVIDIA team.” 

NVIDIA says it will continue working with DeepMap’s ecosystem to meet their needs, investing in new capabilities and services for new and existing partners. 

NVIDIA DRIVE is a software-defined, end-to-end platform — from deep neural network training and validation in the data centre to high-performance compute in the vehicle — that enables continuous improvement and deployment via over-the-air updates.  

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