Local ride-hailing platform Grab has partnered up with global map data and location services provider, HERE Technologies, to improve the accuracy of the app’s fare estimations, ETA and trip routing estimations. Grab passengers now also enjoy more accurate and fresh map content, thanks to HERE’s growing database of cloud-based 3D maps.
HERE’s ‘True vehicles’ use cameras and LiDAR technology to capture over 500 different attributes such as road geometry, speed limits and road signs to create a high-definition machine-readable 3D map, down to an accuracy of 2 cm.
HERE’s Matrix API service will improve the way Grab drivers are assigned to passengers, while HERE’s Basic Routing API service will provide ride hailers with more reliable ETAs and corresponding fare estimations.
The partnership will see HERE provide location services in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, which Grab will combine with real-world on-road data sourced from its 1.3 million drivers.
HERE will also provide its extensive Places of Interest (POIs) database gathered through public sector and enterprise partners such as Samsung, Amazon and Microsoft, and as well as real-time traffic data sourced from connected vehicles and devices.
Jerald Singh, Head of Product at Grab added, “Southeast Asia is developing quickly, with new roads and new rules emerging every day. By layering local map data on top of HERE’s comprehensive location data, we can optimise driver-passenger interactions and further streamline our backend dispatch systems.”