Photo shows a demonstration by Civil Maps in the US of their voxel fingerprint localisation technology
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American 3D mapping technology firm Civil Maps has opened a European headquarters in Luxembourg where it plans to have four staff members before the end of the year, a figure which could double in 2020.
The opening was revealed by business development platform Luxinnovation, which wrote that the firm was working closely with a team from the University of Luxembourg’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) working on autonomous vehicles.
Luxinnovation wrote that in the coming months, Civil Maps would submit applications for R&D grants and cited the company CEO, Stefan Safko, as saying they could hire PhD students or postdoc students from the SnT team.
Civil Maps was founded in 2013 to avoid train collisions caused by poor weather or human error. They took raw data on train locations to create high-definition maps, technology which was applied to autonomous vehicles two years later. They developed their trademarked high-definition 3D maps of city surroundings known as Fingerprint Base Map, which takes snippets of data collected from the smart sensors in self-driving cars and encodes it into 3D maps.
According to Luxinnovation, it makes it possible to localise vehicles with centimetre-level accuracy.