As today’s consumers and governments demand a safer and more convenient driving experience, the market for automated driver assistance systems (ADAS) is booming. This can be seen from the fact that the TomTom ADAS Map has now surpassed 3 million SAE Level 1 and Level 2 automated vehicles since January 2019. With upcoming European legislation fueling the need for enhanced vehicle safety functions, we have revamped the TomTom ADAS Map Speed Limits to help drivers enjoy a safer, stress-free time on the road.
The growth of ADAS
Despite the sudden impact of the coronavirus pandemic on vehicle production in 2020, consumer demand continues driving long-term ambitions for ADAS and automated driving (AD). This growth is also exemplified by recent customer volumes. In September 2019, TomTom announced that the ADAS Map has powered more than 1.5 million SAE Level 1 to Level 2 automated vehicles
. By the final quarter of 2020, this number has doubled to 3 million – and it just goes to show how strong the momentum is behind driver assistance and how the industry is prioritizing improvements to drivers' safety, comfort and efficiency.
How the automotive industry is adapting to upcoming legislation
As vehicles with AD systems become increasingly mainstream, regulations from the United Nations are also making certain technologies and safeguards for AD mandatory. The next will go into effect January 2021
. Automated Lane Keeping (ALK) functions can then be activated only on roads where pedestrians and cyclists are prohibited and which, by design, are equipped with a physical barrier that divides the traffic moving in opposite directions. These conditions shall be ensured by the use of at least two independent means. For example, digital maps such as the TomTom ADAS Map could become a source of indicating where roads are divided with a physical separation.
With the European Commission making Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) mandatory for all newly manufactured light vehicles starting in 2022, automakers are rapidly adapting to advance their entire vehicle line-up. We can expect more OEMs to incorporate TomTom ADAS Map Speed Limits to accommodate this and for improved NCAP safety ratings.
Such legislative changes represent a significant development for mapmakers and automakers. TomTom has already taken steps to help automakers meet the upcoming regulations.