Location technology specialist, TomTom (TOM2) has announced a new collaboration with DENSO on its software platform for autonomous vehicles. TomTom’s High Definition (HD) Map will work in combination with DENSO in-vehicle sensors such as cameras and radars to power the localization, perception and path planning functions for a complete autonomous driving system.
This collaboration will allow DENSO to offer a leading system targeting Level 2 automation for highways and major urban roads, by leveraging the end-to-end mapping system developed together with TomTom. Combining DENSO’s sensors with TomTom HD Maps will result in a system that is more advanced, more reliable and safer, the two companies say. TomTom and DENSO have teams working together in Japan.
As part of this agreement, DENSO will provide processed sensor data to TomTom’s end-to-end mapping system for autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), updating TomTom’s HD Map on the fly. This will be achieved by generating crowdsourced map updates called Roadagrams, which are used to ensure the HD Map reflects the reality of the road. Combined with sensor data from survey vehicles, TomTom can guarantee an accurate global HD Map. AutoStream – TomTom’s innovative map delivery system – then delivers the latest map data to the vehicles on demand.
Delphi Technologies PLC, a leading advanced automotive propulsion solutions provider, also announced a new collaboration with TomTom. The two companies will collaborate on electronic and software applications designed to further optimize vehicle fuel efficiency and emissions through the use of real-time mapping data.
Delphi’s Intelligent Driving controls will use real-time mapping data to predict changing driving conditions, such as route infrastructure and topography, traffic congestion and weather, which will improve fuel efficiency, reduce emissions and shorten commute times.
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