Today, TomTom and Baidu confirmed the two would be working together to develop high-definition maps for autonomous driving. The collaboration will attempt to develop a global HD map service, while leveraging both company’s expertise in artificial intelligence and HD map-making. Baidu has agreed to use TomTom’s Real-Time Map Platform to enhance mapping technologies used in China. TomTom has already developed the RoadDNA and HD Map. Both products allow automated vehicles to determine their precise location and make maneuvers accordingly.

The company’s HD Map already provides comprehensive coverage for Western European and the United States. More than 360,000KM of interstates and highways have already been mapped. The company now sets their sights on a global map that will enable safe autonomous driving. Baidu has become a leading AI and map service provider in China. The company has developed high-definition maps since 2013, while relying heavily on their resources and capabilities in artificial intelligence.

Baidu incorporates smart technologies, including deep learning, to help aid with data processing and map creation. Earlier this year, Baidu confirmed it would be releasing an open-source autonomous driving platform called Apollo. The program is designed as a collaborative ecosystem that will promote cooperation between companies and strive for the development and popularization of autonomous driving technology. Further details can be found here.