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TomTom collaborates to accelerate autonomous future

In another collaboration, it will work with Delphi Technologies to help make vehicle powertrains predictive

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TomTom's HD map, which will be updated on-the-fly via crowdsourcing
TomTom's HD map, which will be updated on-the-fly via crowdsourcing

Location technology specialist, TomTom, is collaborating with mobility company, Denso, on its software platform for autonomous vehicles.


TomTom’s high definition (HD) map will work in combination with Denso’s in-vehicle sensors such as cameras and radars to power the localisation, perception and path-planning functions for a complete autonomous driving system.

 

End-to-end mapping system


The collaboration will enable Denso to offer a market-leading system targeting Level 2 automation for highways and major urban roads, by leveraging the end-to-end mapping system developed together with TomTom.


As part of this agreement, Denso will provide processed sensor data to TomTom’s end-to-end mapping system for autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), updating TomTom’s HD map on-the-fly. This will be achieved by generating crowdsourced map updates called Roadagrams which are used to ensure the HD map reflects the reality of the road.


Combined with sensor data from survey vehicles, TomTom can guarantee an accurate global HD map. AutoStream, TomTom’s innovative map delivery system, then delivers the latest map data to the vehicles on demand.

"TomTom shares our commitment to safety that is paramount to the autonomous driving experience”

"We reviewed various digital mapping platforms and determined that the TomTom HD map and TomTom AutoStream reflect our vision of bringing changes in the road noted by our sensors back to all vehicles as quickly as possible through HD map updates,” said Hiroyuki Wakabayashi, executive vice president, Denso.

 

“Just as importantly, TomTom shares our commitment to safety that is paramount to the autonomous driving experience. Together, we will lead the industry with innovative solutions for all OEM.”

 

Predictive powertrains


TomTom is also collaborating with Delphi Technologies to help make vehicle powertrains predictive. TomTom maps will enable the vehicle powertrain control system to know what is ahead on the road. Map data such as speed limits and road gradient combine to control a vehicle’s speed, reducing energy consumption and helping to improve safety.


"Making every journey safe and comfortable is only one part of the puzzle, making them as efficient as possible is a huge challenge, too,” said Antoine Saucier, managing director, TomTom Automotive. “Our collaboration with Delphi Technologies will help us to deploy our maps to optimise every journey by reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions."


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