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PACI launches HD maps of Kuwait using laser
October 20, 2018, 4:28 pm

The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) recently launched an advanced road scanning system for the first time in the Gulf region. The project aims to create a high-definition (HD) map of all regions of Kuwait using Lidar, a technology that provides highly accurate maps using laser to measure ranges. The country's Geographic Information System (GIS)databases will be updated and the high-resolution map will contribute to the collection of data for various applications of PACI, such as the Kuwait Finder program.

The system will also allow for the future usage by autonomous vehicles. The new system depends on field scanning, using specialized vehicles that roam the streets to specify all of its dimensions, as well as a 360 degree photographic survey of all the country’s roads The Director General of PACI Musaed Al-Asousi said that this is a one of a kind in the world, organized by a government agency. Such projects usually target a city or part of it, but this project will cover the entire country.

This system is a brand new one in the region and has all the requisite tools that allow all the state’s institutions and ministries to benefit, especially the Municipality, Interior Ministry, and Ministry of Public Works. PACI also worked on the ‘Kuwait Finder‘ project, which provides live updates on traffic jams, side by side with the ‘Lider System’, which offers high definition photos of Kuwait’s streets from all directions.

This lays a solid base for launching the self-driving cars. In addition, the type and accuracy of the data produced by the project is of great importance and can be used in many areas that serve the different state agencies. Al-Asousi also stressed the importance of updating the data on a regular basis, and the Authority has purchased the equipment and programs for collecting and processing the data, and will conduct the survey on a regular basis.

This project is part of the government’s efforts to achieve the vision of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah to make Kuwait a financial and trade center and realize the vision of Kuwait 2035.

- Staff Report

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