Daily Markup #913: GrabMaps updates action cameras to enhance street navigation and driver-partners’ income, plus more from this week

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Taking to the streets

  • Ever noticed that small alleys don’t always appear on your map? Street-level navigation is far from perfect across Southeast Asia, but 500-backed super app Grab is aiming to improve that.
  • Since 2017, GrabMaps has deployed thousands of KartaCams action cameras across the region. These cameras are affixed to bike helmets or car windshields, capturing high-quality street-level imagery. They have become integral to mapmaking, with driver-partners using them during passenger transport or goods delivery.
  • Now, the team is ready to launch KartaCam 2. With its dual-band GPS module and an extendable antenna, it offers improved position accuracy and signal stability.
  • KartaCam 2 uses edge artificial intelligence (AI), which is a combination of edge computing and AI that brings computation closer to the devices collecting data, making collection faster and smarter.
  • By building this solution in-house instead of outsourcing, Grab could save close to 90% in hardware and imagery collection costs.
  • What’s more, their driver-partners gain access to an additional income stream by helping with data collection. They have the flexibility to choose jobs they want, such as routes that they are familiar with or areas that are convenient to get to.
  • Hundreds of KartaCam 2 will be rolled out across the region in the first half of 2024.
  • Get the full story here.

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