HERE, formerly Navteq now owned by Audi, BMW and Daimler is joining forces with robot maker Naver Labs to pursue indoor mapping opportunities starting in Korea, the home of Naver.
The collaboration will start off with HERE using Naver Labs’ M1, a 3D indoor mapping robot that uses laser scanners and cameras, to capture information. Starting with airports, another Naver robot — aptly called “Around” — will circulate to keep information updated. These maps in turn will be sold to companies that are building apps for autonomous services and consumers to use when in the venues.
“Our collaboration with Naver Labs supports Here Technologies’ strategy to provide world-class mapping and location services both indoors and outdoors,” said Edzard Overbeek, CEO of HERE, in a statement. “We’re excited to leverage advanced robotics technology in the development of indoor maps, and look forward to exploring further collaboration opportunities with Naver in the future.”
HERE is going to provide the data via their Open Location Platform.
I think indoor will be as important as outdoor mapping in the long run and that the data will be collected by autonomous robots.