In the autonomous-vehicles sector, for instance, our 3-D street maps go well beyond competing offerings, including a European mapping system just acquired by a German car consortium for $3 billion. We're on track to be first to market with precision maps to guide the first mass-produced self-driving cars in North America.
At the same time, we're expanding our intelligent in-car software offerings as cars become more adaptive, intelligent and collaborative. There are plenty of other North American companies working on game-changing innovation for autonomous cars. This will grow exponentially as self-driving cars become a reality on our roads in the near future.
In energy, our big spatial data platform helps utilities keep tabs on thousands of miles of power corridors and identify potential threats to the grid. We're also working with drone manufacturers and power companies on preliminary programs to virtually inspect the power-transmission and distribution infrastructure. This kind of technology offers not only more reliable power, a cornerstone of economic success, but also a billion dollars in potential annual cost savings for utilities.