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Japan government, Toyota, Nissan to step up efforts on intelligent maps

(Reuters) – Japan’s government and auto giants Toyota Motor Corp Nissan Motor Co will sign up with in an effort to develop smart maps by 2018, the Nikkei daily stated, as competition warms up to enhance the innovation key for autonomous driving.

Japanese car manufacturers, map-making business, and the federal government will get together to create standardized intelligent maps, with strategies to integrate owning information gathered by the car manufacturers, the paper stated on Sunday.

A Toyota spokesman declined to comment, while authorities at Nissan could not be reached instantly for remark.

Intelligent mapping systems provide information to manage self-driving vehicles, which are geared up with street-scanning sensing units to measure traffic and road conditions.

German auto provider Bosch said on Friday it remained in talks with high-definition digital maps business HERE, exploring whether to take a stake.

Volkswagen’s Audi, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz, BMW and automobile parts provider Continental are also working on innovations for self-governing or semi-autonomous vehicles.