Bye-Bye Google Maps? Alibaba-Backed AI Startup Launches Alt Self-Driving Solution, a self-driving technology company backed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. BABA, unveiled HD map-free self-driving solution.

What Happened: unveiled the Driver 3.0 solution, which removes the need for HD maps and overcomes geo-fencing limitations, the company said in a statement.

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The solution will be incorporated into passenger vehicles for sale starting this year. The company, however, did not specify the automotive brand that will be utilizing the new solution.

Driver 3.0 comes in two variations of self-driving solutions, D-PRO and D-AIR, with hardware costs of $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.

“Both versions of the Driver 3.0 solution expedite automakers’ mass production plans as they comprehensively address concerns regarding high cost of mapping and maintenance, as well as the limitations of geo-fencing,” the company said.

The solution generates lane-level information in real-time without HD maps and is capable of adaptive cruise control, stop and go, obstacle avoidance and unprotected left turns, the company said.

“Not relying on HD maps, smart driving will be available everywhere and affordable for automakers and consumers alike,” said. It will also reduce driving fatigue and offer a smooth and consistent driving experience, the company added.

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