Location technology company, TomTom recently announced details of its latest fully autonomous test vehicle. The highly customized car is designed to test and improve the company’s autonomous driving technologies. This includes TomTom High Definition (HD) Map, TomTom Roadagrams, and map streaming service, TomTom AutoStream.
The company believes that having its own autonomous vehicle gives it a critical advantage when it comes to developing the technology required for safe and comfortable autonomous driving. It allows the company to continuously test its mapping technology on the roads, get insights and high-quality data on how it performs in a multitude of circumstances and, right away, feed this into AI-driven map-making process.
Eight laser scanners, stereo cameras and six radars are built into the new vehicle. This extensive sensor set allows for testing of different sensor configurations. They provide a 360-degree view of the vehicle’s surrounds, and the data from these sensors is processed and referenced against the TomTom HD Map so the vehicle can locate itself precisely.
The TomTom claims its HD Map is a highly accurate and highly attributed representation of the road, including lane models, lane geometry and traffic signs, with accuracy down to a few centimetres. It enables automated vehicles to precisely locate themselves on the road; to build a detailed model of the surrounding environment working together with the vehicle sensors; and to plan a path to the destination.
Source: Press Release