TomTom Claims Success in Fast AV Map Building

TomTom says it has proof of concept for fast building HD navigation maps required by driverless vehicles.

The location technology specialist teamed up with Toyota Research Institute – Advanced Development (TRI-AD) and Denso to achieve this using test vehicles equipped with Denso sensors, TRI-AD’s automated mapping platform (AMP) and TomTom’s cloud-based transactional mapping platform. Vehicle sensors were used to collect road observations, which were then converted and corrected by TRI-AD’s AMP, for input into TomTom’s cloud-based transactional mapping platform.

These crowdsourced map updates are achieved with TomTom Roadagrams, map snippets from car sensors used to ensure the HD map reflects the reality on the road. Willem Strijbosch, head of autonomous driving at TomTom, said: “At TomTom we believe a multi-sourced HD map is essential to making safer autonomous driving possible.”

Mandali Khalesi, vice-president of automated driving strategy and mapping, TRI-AD, added: “Working with our partners, we have demonstrated the smooth integration of automotive sensors and scalable HD map generation through AMP. This brings us one step closer to a future where surface road automated mobility is available for all.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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