In the coming years, we will see an increase in the number of cars with some form of assisted or automated driving technology. And for good reason. Autonomous driving is bound to increase personal safety, create new mobility options, improve efficiency and give drivers more free time.
To achieve this, autonomous vehicles will rely on a combination of artificial intelligence, sensors and digital maps. Digital maps allow them to see around curves, through fog and over large vehicles blocking the vision of sensors.
Read on to learn how digital maps work and how TomTom and Elektrobit partnered
to make autonomous driving a reality.
Maps for autonomous driving
The next generation of autonomous driving technology requires higher quality and more detailed map content to support sensor data and guarantee driver safety and comfort. TomTom has been developing such digital maps for almost a decade in the form of ADAS Maps and HD Maps to support the different levels
of driving automation. Today, many new vehicles include a range of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), such as predictive powertrain control (PPC) and intelligent speed assistance (ISA).
To deliver the most accurate information to the vehicle, we launched the TomTom ADAS Map in 2012. Already powering over one million cars on the road, the map supplies attributes about road gradient, curvature on road, traffic signs, speed restrictions, road curvature at junction, and lane at junction with an accuracy of several meters. With improved navigation guidance, speed controls and traffic sign and overspeed warnings, ADAS Map data improves drivers' comfort, safety and builds trust.