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SoftBank-backed Mapbox finds its way into Japanese smart industry

US-based mapping near-unicorn sees new opportunities in aiding automation

For Komatsu, Mapbox has been providing a mapping service that allows engineers to monitor construction sites and arrange workloads in real-time. (Source photos from Reuters/Getty Images)

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- U.S.-based mapping startup Mapbox is taking a different direction in Japan. 

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