The 'MapLite' System Helps Self-Driving Cars Navigate Unfamiliar Roads

 - May 10, 2018
References: news.mit.edu & newatlas
A group of scientists and engineers working out of MIT have developed an innovative new mapping system, dubbed MapLite, that is specifically designed to handle the unique needs of self-driving cars.

While self-driving cars are capable of operating autonomously, they still need a bit of assistance when it comes to navigating outside major urban centers—this is where the MapLite mapping system comes in. This technology utilizes GPS readings to inform the car about its location, its distance from its final destination and the best possible way to get there.

What's more, the MapLite mapping system also uses advanced computing models to help the car handle situations such as coming to unfamiliar intersections. With self-driving cars set to change the way people move around, it's crucial to have a compatible mapping system, which is precisely what MapLite promises.