The RideFlux start-up brings together engineers who have given up well-paid jobs with some of South Korea's most prestigious firms to try to build a ride-sharing company for the tech-savvy nation.
Maps are key to allowing autonomous vehicles to locate themselves.
Japanese car giant Toyota and investment fund SoftBank Vision Fund have unveiled an investment of $1 billion in US ride hailing company to develop self-driving vehicles.
High-tech Singapore has become a testbed for self-driving technology and the world's first driverless taxis went into operation in a limited public trial in the country in 2016.
Mercedes, Germany's trademark car company, wants to develop a self-driving car, increasing fierce competition with firms like Uber, Google, General Motors and Volkswagen.
Uber suspended its self-driving testing on Monday after the fatal crash. The testing has been going on for months as automakers and technology companies compete to roll out the technology.
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