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OS and Mobileye to map Britain's roadside infrastructure

The companies want to create the first detailed dataset in this area to provide an accurate and customisable location information service.

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Fleets of vehicles will create a street-level view of Britain's road network
Fleets of vehicles will create a street-level view of Britain's road network

Ordnance Survey (OS), Great Britain’s national mapping agency, and Mobileye, an Intel company, have embarked on trials to create the first detailed roadside infrastructure dataset of Britain.

 

The aim is to provide a high-precision roadside asset location data service to companies across multiple sectors. To support the trials, Northumbrian Water Group has become the first utility company in the UK to join the project.

 

Street-level view

 

Fleets of vans and cars fitted with Mobileye’s automotive camera-based mapping technology will capture a street-level (worms-eye) view of the nation’s road network. Retrofitted with the Mobileye 8 Connect, the vehicles are detecting, processing and sending data to the cloud for aggregation before the information is provided to OS.

 

OS cross-references the data with its existing datasets. The level of detail recognised and classified includes road markings, network boxes, traffic lights, road signs, lamp and telegraph posts, bollards, manhole covers, and drainage grates. The data is updated constantly as vehicles capture information on the roads they travel.

 

“A future of smart cities and safe streets is within reach when we equip governments and businesses with high-precision mapping data,” said Professor Amnon Shashua, president and CEO of Mobileye. “We look forward to seeing the continuing progress of our trials.”

 

Initially tested in selected areas of the country, the trials included London, Manchester and the North East. The trials are already helping produce a dataset of Britain’s road network characteristics and street furniture.

“A future of smart cities and safe streets is within reach when we equip governments and businesses with high-precision mapping data”

The trials will lay the groundwork for new data and infrastructure asset monitoring services from Mobileye and OS for customers across many markets, ranging from the energy and infrastructure sectors to emerging tech markets including connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) and 5G.

 

“The initial trials are already delivering a deeper and richer level of data capture which we are confident will bring added value to our customers and become an important dataset for emerging markets, and a building block for Britain’s infrastructure for many years,” said Neil Ackroyd, OS interim CEO.

 

The utility sector will be among the first markets to take advantage of new data services from Mobileye and OS. Utility businesses will be able to enhance the quality of their existing asset data, making it faster and simpler to identify and link above-ground and underground assets. Companies can monitor the condition of their assets, saving them money and time when planning asset maintenance programmes.

 

As part of the trials, Northumbrian Water Group vehicles will be retrofitted with the Mobileye solution to help capture data across the North East of England.

 

OS and Mobileye expect trials to continue over the summer.

 

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The project was initially tested in London, Manchester and the North-East
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