HERE announced a cloud based mapping service which will help in ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) and eventually the core mapping system for self driving cars as well. The cloud based solution from HERE is known as HD Live Map.
HD Live Map is designed to be able to display data such as buildings or the number of lanes on the highway as well as temporary activity such as construction and traffic. On top of that, it is also able to provide some analytical data such as a typical speed that someone can drive on a particular road.
The current technology is already able to support autonomous driving on highway; however, it is done by using on-board sensors such as the ones that Nvidia has launched recently and there is distance limitation. Virtual map, on the other hand, will offer precision and a better overall view of the surrounding. When it combines with live updates, it can save the drivers and their passengers a lot of travel time as they can avoid the roads which has massive traffic jams or roads which undergoing construction.
Floris van de Klashorst, the VP of Automotive at HERE, said that as we moved towards higher levels of vehicle automation, drivers needed to feel that their car was making the right decisions on their behalf. He also added that when it came to trusting your car, having consistent real-time awareness of road conditions near and far was absolutely critical and with HD Live Map serving this need, they believed it would become the car industry’s most intelligent vehicle sensor.
HERE is already working with a few of automakers to test the maps in self driving scenarios.