KUCHING: HERE Technologies is set to start mapping Sabah and Sarawak with particular emphasis on the Pan Borneo Highway, which stretches over 2,000km across the two states.
The highway, set for completion in 2021, will be mapped in 3D to provide users with highly precise information that could one day be used for autonomous driving.
It would also allow for location intelligence to contribute to the development of smart cities and enable future transportation and logistics use cases, said HERE Technologies SEA product operations director Abhijit Sengupta.
HERE has been mapping Peninsular Malaysia since 2015, and this is its first foray into Sabah and Sarawak.
HERE True mapping technology captures real-world features with 360-degree high definition imagery. Using four wide-angle 24-megapixel cameras and a LiDAR system with rotating laser, a HERE True car measures the world in 3D. Its capabilities allow for map production of roads and highways, shops and businesses, and residential areas.
These data are then transformed into geometric locations and attributions for places, which is then integrated into HERE products and services.
“For the past 30 years, we have observed first-hand the key role that digital mapping and location technology have played in the development of people and societies," said Abhijit.
"As such, we have made it our mission to provide the richest and most accurate map data in the market for Malaysia. Today, we’re creating futuristic three-dimensional maps that contain tons of insights,” he said at the kick-off event held at the Borneo Convention Center here today.
HERE, based in Amsterdam, was formed in 1985. It is owned by a consortium of companies that include Audi, BMW, Daimler and Intel.