Why is Japan Working On 3D Maps ?

Why would Japan work on 3D maps, what purpose would it serve, is it to compete with the already existing GPS?.

So let’s dive in, shall we?

Japan has been a huge promoter of self-driven cars for years now. They have made remarkable advancements in the field and now they’re taking it one step further by introducing 3D maps. These 3D maps they speak of have been under development for a while now and they are being made to enhance the accuracy of the self-driven cars. This has been in cooperation with both the Public and Private sectors. They are likely to bring in the working models by March of 2019 for all expressways and highways which are 30,000 Kms in both directions give or take a few kilometres.

The sale of these 3D maps will be aimed mainly to the Automobile Industries and other related entities and the government has set a goal to complete this project by 2020 which actually ain’t that far away. As we see it, Self-driven cars basically require three things –

  1. “Cognitive Function” – What this means is that the car or whichever vehicle is using it should be able to understand and identify the location of the vehicle and its surroundings with the help of cameras and sensors.
  2. “Judgement Function” – This is the most important of all, here the vehicle should be able to judge the situation and provide appropriate responses. This means the vehicle should alter speed or change lanes or even stop by being able to judge the surroundings.
  3. “Operational Functions” – This is related to the second one, here, the vehicle should be able to control its overall functioning based on the Judgement Function.

3D maps are intended to match these functions to help make the vehicle more aware of its surroundings which makes it safer to be inside of. The combination of the data received from the 3D maps and the Global Positioning System(GPS), self-driven vehicles can avoid all kinds of accidents and that is a more promising future that we all can look forward to.

The initiative to start this project was taken way back in 2016 by the Japanese government and a development company was set up in June 2016. The aim to approach absolute completion by 2020 which is a hard task keeping in mind that it’s already 2018 and that only by 2019 we will be able to see the prototypes.

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