Kudan announces sponsorship of the autonomous vehicle development group, SeDriCa IIT Bombay backed up by industry leaders


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Kudan Inc. (Headquarter: Shibuya-ku Tokyo, CEO: Daiu Ko, hereafter, “Kudan”) is pleased to announce that since January 2021, Kudan has become a sponsor of Team SeDriCa, IIT Bombay autonomous vehicle development group and has provided its Lidar SLAM※1 software to enable Team SeDriCa to develop a level 4 autonomous vehicle capable of navigating the streets of India through this sponsorship.


Kudan provides mapping and localization software for global automotive OEMs and various autonomous robot manufacturers around the world. Kudan’s GrandSLAM※2 software uses Lidar and/or cameras, combined with inertial sensors, GPS, and other sensors to create an accurate map and determine its position in the world. Kudan is proud to support Team SeDriCa with our state-of-the-art Lidar SLAM software to help develop a fully autonomous vehicle solution. The team’s efforts have drawn sponsors from various industry leaders such as Continental, NVIDIA, Texas Instruments, Ouster, and Velodyne.

In 2017, Team SeDriCa won the 25th Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC)※3 and started working on their current autonomous vehicle platform to compete in the Mahindra RISE Challenge.

Team SeDriCa(at Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition)

As part of Team SeDriCa’s quest to develop India’s first self-driving car with Level 4 Autonomy, capable of driving under Indian road conditions, Kudan is providing its Lidar SLAM software to enable Team SeDriCa to create scalable, high-quality maps to be used by vehicles, as well as help the vehicles navigate within these maps.

Kudan is looking to benefit from this sponsorship by demonstrating a core use case of our technology and showcasing its performance in one of the most dynamic and challenging environments for autonomous driving.

The autonomous vehicle being developed by Team SeDriCa

For more information about Team SeDrica, please visit:

※:SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) is a technology which allows devices to simultaneously self-locate and create maps of their surrounding environment. Kudan owns SLAM technology utilizing both cameras and Lidar sensors, and has successfully combined these to further develop low-latency, high-precision, high-stability technology.

※2:GrandSLAM is a generic term for Kudan’s simultaneous localization and environmental mapping software. With GrandSLAM, Kudan provides commercial grade performance: High accuracy, low processing time, maximum robustness, huge map scalability, robust system stability, low integration complexity, cross-platform portability.

※3:Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition(IGVC)is a development competition focusing on advanced technologies such as autonomous driving, organized by Oakland University and renowned educational and research institutions. Many teams from universities and educational institutions all over the world participate in the competition, competing for technical skills and performance in practical environments.

About UMIC – Team SeDriCa – IIT Bombay
Umesh Mashruwala Innovation Cell (UMIC) is IIT Bombay’s team dedicated to developing and deploying autonomous vehicles that run on both land and air. Team SeDriCa aims to develop the country’s first level 4 autonomous Self-Driving Car, capable of driving even on India’s roughest road terrains. The team achieved the first rank in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, the best by any Asian country to date. The team also stood in the top 11 in the Mahindra RISE Challenge, where they were to create a working unit for a driverless-car.
For more information, please refer to Unmesh Mashruwala Innovation Cell at

About Kudan Inc.
Kudan (Tokyo Stock Exchange securities code: 4425) is a Deep Tech research and development company specializing in algorithms controlling artificial perception (AP). As a complement to artificial intelligence (AI), AP functions allow machines to develop autonomy. Currently, Kudan is using its high-level technical innovation to explore business areas based on its own milestone models established for Deep Tech which provide wide-ranging impact on several major industrial fields.
For more information, please refer to Kudan’s website at

■Company details
Name: Kudan Inc.
Securities code: 4425
Representative: CEO Daiu Ko

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