Mitsubishi Electric with HERE Technologies has developed a new system that would give drivers a few valuable extra seconds or minutes to prepare for potential danger on the road ahead, such as by switching lanes or simply driving with greater caution. The system piloted by the companies enables vehicles to automatically warn others about upcoming road hazards with lane-level precision.
At the end of March, the two companies also successfully completed field tests of the technology, called Lane Hazard Warning, in California in the United States. This followed a successful trial in Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan last winter. The companies now intend to make the technology available broadly to automakers for them to test in their vehicles.
Lane Hazard Warning enables an event detected by a vehicle’s sensors – such as a disabled or slow car, a slippery road, debris or a pothole – to be precisely localized to a specific lane and this information to be transmitted in real-time via the cloud to other vehicles approaching the same area.
Lane Hazard Warning utilizes a vehicle’s sensors together with HD Locator, Mitsubishi Electric’s precise centimeter-level positioning technology, and the HERE Open Location Platform, the collaborative big location data platform.
As part of their broad collaboration, the companies are also evaluating the application of the technology in automated updates of maps for automated vehicles using the cloud as well as in a service that alerts cities and road maintenance authorities to road surface degradation.
Source: Press Release